Cassava production in Mozambique expected to reach 14.7 million tons in 2014

8 July 2014

Cassava production in Mozambique is expected this year to reach 14.7 million tons, which will be an increase of 5 million tons on the average for the last five years, said the Mozambican Ministry for Agriculture.

In a statement cited by Mozambican daily newspaper Correio da Manhã the ministry said that, regardless of the rise in production, “Mozambique has yet to achieve satisfactory levels in terms of the quality of the tuber and a greater surplus of flour.”

Cassava is the second most important crop in Mozambique and is one of the main sources of food for the country’s population, particularly in rural areas, which are home to over 80 percent of Mozambique’s more than 23 million inhabitants.

Cassava production is mainly focused on the provinces of Cabo Delgado, Nampula, Zambézia and Inhambane, and carried out in the family-base agricultural sector, according to the Ministry for Agriculture. (macauhub/MZ)