Ireland maintains support for Mozambique’s Inhambane province

25 August 2015

The Irish government will continue to offer financial support so that Inhambane province can fund various development projects and programmes, the chargé d’affaires of Ireland’s embassy in Mozambique said in the city of Inhambane.

During a coordination meeting between the provincial government and the Irish embassy, Kevin Colgan said the decision was due to signs of local economic recovery, a consequence of careful management of transferred funds.

The Maputo daily Notícias reported that the aim of Friday’s meeting was to evaluate the implementation of development programmes funded in that province through a cooperation programme under way for more than ten years and also to assess and decide on upcoming projects to be financially backed by Ireland.

The provincial government presented projects to be financed in the next three years, the next support package’s validity period, which are meant to promote employment and improve production and productivity, along with competition. The aim is to increase agricultural production levels in all sectors, especially commercial farming.

Colgan was informed that the current idea is to promote mass planting of fruit trees, encourage production of sweet potatoes, manioc, drought-tolerant cereals, vegetable products and chemical treatment for cashew trees, in order to increase and diversify income sources for local producers. (Macauhub/MZ)