A complex of silos in the town of Nhamatanda in Sofala province was ceremoniously opened on Tuesday by Mozambican President Filipe Jacinto Nyusi, the Mozambique Commodities Exchange (BMM) reports in a statement sent to Macauhub in Maputo.
The complex has capacity to store 8,000 tons of maize, beans, soy, sesame and other agricultural products. It cost US$3 million and will be used by producers, associations, unions and farmer cooperatives, and also by merchants, agricultural processing companies and exchange operators, the document indicates.
It also has two pavilions able to store 5,000 tons. Future plans call for construction of a quality testing laboratory and an administrative services area.
The BMM indicates that the complex will help reduce harvest loss and improve product conservation quality, besides facilitating distribution. This should impact sale prices, with consequent gains for producers and farming activity in the region.
The public institution currently manages six silo complexes in the provinces of Cabo Delgado, Nampula, Niassa, Zambézia, Tete and Sofala, with an overall capacity to store 70,000 tons. (Macauhub/MZ)