Twenty-three agricultural business centres due to open in Mozambique will increase the production capacity of small farmers in the centre and north of the country, said the US ambassador, at the opening ceremony of the pilot centre.
This centre, opened in Chimoio, Manica province, central Mozambique, is a partnership between the governments of Mozambique and the United States, through the US Agency for International Development (USAID), involving grain purchase and sale of seeds and fertilisers, as well as technical support for production and mechanised harvesting.
Ambassador Dean Pittman recognised the inefficiency of distribution and marker access, leading to crop failures and food insecurity of small-scale farmers and expressed the hope that this new approach to agriculture would reduce poverty and malnutrition in Mozambique.
The centres, known as “3I Farmers Empowerment Hubs” are managed by the Export Trading Group, which provides most of the funding and will focus on the operation of the marketing outlets for agricultural equipment.
In addition to six centres in Manica, the project with an estimated cost of US$30 million, includes the opening of 17 centres in districts with agricultural potential in the provinces of Tete and Zambezia (central Mozambique) and Nampula (north). (macauhub/MZ)