Mozambique buys farming equipment with donation from Italy

10 January 2013

The Italian government has donated 7 million euros to Mozambique to obtain farming equipment with a view to mechanising the country’s agriculture, reports the Mozambican newspaper O País, specifying that distribution began on Wednesday in Manhiça.

The Italian cooperation funds have been used to buy 110 tractors and respective implements, 95 ploughs, 40 trailers, pumps and water tanks for irrigation and cashew processing equipment, among others.

Agriculture Ministry permanent secretary Daniel Clemente oversaw the delivery and explained that the agricultural equipment would be distributed in all the country’s provinces, where it will be managed by the private sector.

“We want to create 19 service providing centres along the country’s main development corridors so that agricultural producers can lease equipment at affordable prices to increase production areas,” Clemente said. (macauhub)