Government of Mozambique wants to make better use of silo system to improve national food reserves

12 September 2016

The Mozambican government announced it wants to boost the use of the grain silos system built in the country in order to create a food reserve that can provide grains to the neediest areas.

Mozambique currently has six silo complexes spread across the provinces of Cabo Delgado, Niassa, Nampula (north), Zambezia, Tete and Sofala (centre), with a storage capacity of around 70,000 tonnes of various crops.

The Minister of Industry and Trade, Max Tonela said the silos were used to less than 50% capacity.

Tonela also said there were great challenges in the distribution and sales process meaning that larger sales areas have bigger logistical challenges as there is often surplus production that is exported and in areas of greater consumption, such as Maputo, supply is ensured through exports from the Americas.

The minister also revealed that the Mozambican Grains Institute (ICM) would be reinstated this year taking into account the need for a new approach to the issue. (macauhub/MZ)