Chinese companies invest in agriculture in Mozambique

15 January 2018

A joint venture between Chinese companies Power China International Group Ltd and Xinjiang Production and Construction Corp. plans to make use of 3,000 hectares of irrigated land in Chókwé, southern Mozambique in the current agricultural season, the Mozambican newspaper Notícias reported recently.

The chairman of the board of the Chókwè Hydraulic Facility told the newspaper that Chinese investors also want to modernise the irrigation system in an area of 1,500 hectares, particularly focussing on growing corn and beans.

Soares Xerinda added that the project had already been submitted to the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security in May last year, and is now waiting for approval.

The chairman of the state company founded in 1997 added that the board is working to attract domestic and foreign private investors to contribute “to the transfer of production technologies, land levelling, and installation of machine parks, among other major initiatives.”

Xerinda added that Green 2000, a mixed capital company, will level land and participate in seed production and fish farming and that Agrotech will focus on technical assistance, financing to farmers, as well as production of corn for feed.

In 2017 producers in the Chókwé irrigated area produced more than 100,000 tons of crops, after the previous season was affected by severe drought that was made worse by a lack of water for irrigation. (macauhub)