Mozambican government spends US$19 million on irrigation system

28 November 2012

The Mozambican government plans to spend US$19 million on the construction of an irrigation system in Govuro, a district of Inhambane province which, despite being crossed by the Save river, is regularly affected by drought, Mozambican news agency AIM reported.

The agency also said that the first stone for construction of the Chimunda irrigation system, with capacity to irrigate 10,000 hectares of land, had been laid Tuesday when a contract was also signed with Mozambican construction contractor Engenharia e Obras Públicas.

This system, which will be part of the Vale do Save Irrigation Project, was initially projected to cost around US$20 million, which also included the Paúnde irrigation project, in Mabote, another district of Inhambane province that is also affected by drought.

This figure is now considered to be out of date according to the president of the Agrarian Development Fund, Celina Titosse, who noted that whilst construction of this irrigation system was underway the government would seek funding for carrying out the Paúnde project, which will also have an irrigation capacity of 10,000 hectares.

For construction of the Chimunda irrigation system, the government ahs US$2 million of its own funds, a US$10 million loan from the Arab Bank for Economic Development of Africa (BADEA) and US$7 million from the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) International Development Fund. (macauhub)