A group of private companies in Mozambique’s Zambezia province has invested an estimated US$52 million in cattle breeding projects since last year, aimed at producing meat for export to Asian markets, said the head of the Livestock Department at the Provincial Directorate of Agriculture and Food Security.
Edson Teimoso said that one of the companies involved in the initiative, Al Bustan Farm, Lda, recently spent 5 million meticals (US$84,000) on the purchase of 1,000 bullocks and breeding bulls, estimating that within five years it would breed 10,000 head of cattle, using artificial insemination techniques.
The company operates an area of 11,000 hectares in the district of Mopeia, where it has its facilities, which include a meat processing plant and an agricultural technical school, and is also involved in the repair of the 65-kilometre Chimuara-Mopeia road, as well as the Caia aerodrome in the province of Sofala.
Zambezia province currently has 47,510 head of cattle, of which 11,500 belong to companies, with the remainder in the hands of the family sector, a significant change from the 1980s when there was 175,000 head of cattle, and only 2,500 were in the hands of small individual producers.
“Today we have more families raising cattle and complementing the activity of big companies, some of which are in a difficult situation due to the current economic outlook of the country,” Teimoso told Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias. (macauhub)