Work to overhaul the lower Limpopo irrigation system in Mozambique’s Gaza province is set to begin 2013, an investment budgeted at nearly US$44 million and financed by the Mozambican government and the African Development Bank (AfDB), reports the newspaper Notícias.
The contract granting the loan to finance the project was signed in Maputo by the Minister of Planning and Development, Aiuba Cuereneia, and by the AfDB’s representative in Mozambique, Joseph Ribeiro.
The project will cover 3,050 hectares of irrigated lower Limpopop land and benefit nearly 8,200 rural families and emergent farmers.
The project involves the improvement of hydraulic infrastructures in 2,000 hectares of the drainage zone, as well as the construction of irrigation and drainage infrastructures for an area of 1,050 hectares, Cuereneia said.
Also planned are the building and assembly of agro-processing infrastructures to preserve fresh products in Nhancutse and at the Nhocuene agrarian facility, both in Xai-Xai district. (macauhub)