Mozambique expects to reduce rice imports by 20 percent by 2020, the National Director of Agrarian Services, Mahomed Valá said Friday in Maputo cited by Mozambican news agency AIM.
This drop in imports will be based on a project underway to ensure sustainability of rice consumption and production in Mozambique, Valá said on the sidelines of a meeting of the coordination commissionfor projectsto improve rice yield in the Chokwe irrigation area in Gaza province, as well as the Maganja da Costa irrigation area, in the central province of Zambézia.
According to information presented at the meeting, which included the participation of countries financing the project, specifically Japan and Vietnam, Mozambique imports about 350,000 tons of rice per year, costingUS$140 million.
Mahomed Valá said production, based on rudimentary techniques, limited knowledge, inefficient water management and infrastructure, keeps the rice cropping and production system in Mozambique at levels of family subsistence.
“Over the next two years, Mozambique will process 180,000 to 200,000 tons of rice in Chokwe in Gaza, in the south of the country,alone, and in the Lower Limpopo involving a number of players,” said Mahomed Valá.
It is estimated that Mozambique has an area of about 900,000 hectares of land suitable for rice production, of which only 230,000 are being used. (macauhub / MZ)