Repair of agricultural infrastructure in Zambézia, Mozambique, costs over US 2 million

8 May 2015

The programme to replace agricultural infrastructure destroyed by the floods that ravaged Zambézia province earlier this year will cost more than US$2 million, said the Director General of the Mozambican National Institute of Irrigation, cited by Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias.

Paiva Munguambe said recently that the province’s irrigation systems had been hard hit by the floods and in order for them to contribute to rice production once again, resources needed to be gathered to rebuild not only the irrigation systems themselves, but also the access roads.

Initial calculations indicated it would cost over US$2 million to repair the irrigation systems of Tewe in Mopeia district, Muriri in Morrumbala, and Mutange in Namacurra.

The Director General of the National Institute of Irrigation said the irrigation Munda-Munda irrigation system, in Maganja da Costa, was not included because the level of destruction was very large, so it required a greater level of investment and intervention.

Munguambe said that contractors who will carry out the work had already been selected and that the project was now waiting for funds to be provided by the central government from the state budget. (macauhub/MZ)