Austria is supporting agricultural activities in Mozambique’s Sofala province where it plans to spend around 100 million meticals (US$3 million) by 2015 as part of a programme launched in 2012, Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias reported.
The advisor to the Austrian embassy in Maputo, Eva Kohl, told the newspaper that the programme was intended to support 250 farmers’ associations and directly involve 4,000 members across the province’s 13 districts and help improve food security.
The initiative, said Kohl, was intended to transform rural workers into commercial farmers and that this year a further 30 million meticals would be paid out to improve yields through irrigation and training.
During a meeting in the city of Beira, the advisor noted that Sofala was the only province in Mozambique that directly received financial support for the agricultural sector from Austria.
Figures published on the occasion showed that Sofala province has 97 irrigation systems covering 851 hecatres of land. These systems benefit 1,634 rural families that produce maize, bens, horticultural products and potatoes. (macauhub)