Mozambique opens rice processing factory in Zambézia province with funding from China

7 August 2013

A rice processing factory, with capacity to hull 150 tons f rice per day, was inaugurated Tuesday in Namacurra, in the northern Mozambican province of Zambézia, Mozambican newspaper Notícias reported.

The factory is a project of the Mozambican Grain Institute and is expected to cost US$10 million. The funding will be provided by the Mozambican and Chinese governments.

According to the newspaper work to build the rice hulling factory by a Chinese company, began in November 2010 and ended in December 2012.

Mozambique’s Minister for Trade and Industry, Armando Inroga, before the ceremony to open the factory, which was attended by Mozambique’s President, Armando Guebuza, said that the government was establishing conditions for exploration of 416,000 hectares of irrigation systems available in Zambézia province through a financial aid package for central Mozambique known as Support for Agro-Business Investment, totalling 120 million meticals.

The investment, according to Inroga, will be focused on the districts of Maganja da Costa, Mopeia, Namacurra, Nicoadala and the city of Quelimane, regions that have appropriate agricultural and weather conditions for rice production.

Zambézia province produces 280,000 tons of rice per year. (macauhub)