Mozambique’s Niassa province posts record economic growth of 6.7 pct in 2013

6 January 2014

The governor of Mozambique’s Niassa province said that the province’s economy posted record growth in 2013 of 6.7 percent, or a total of 13.2 billion meticals compared to 12.3 billion meticals in 2012.

David Malizane said that agriculture was the sector that posted the most growth with production of 1.192 million tons, which was a rise of 12 percent on 2012.

According to the governor, of total agricultural production 532,200 tons were grains, 32,370 tons were cash crops and the remainder was other crops, including beans, legumes, root vegetables and horticultural products.

Malizane also noted that in 2013 the Metama industrial complex was re-launched, with production of just over 1,000 tons of soy in an area of approximately 300 hectares.

The Prosavana project, whose tests and visits promise agricultural revitalisation in Niassa, was also praised by Malizane for being one of the ways found by the government to make rational and sustainable use of most of the 12 million hectares of arable land in Niassa. (macauhub)