Mozambique forecast to produce 2.3 million tonnes of cereals

Mozambique is predicted to produce 2.3 million tonnes of cereals in the 2013/2014 agricultural campaign – an increase of 100,000 tonnes over the current campaign.

According to Deputy Agriculture Minister Antonio Limbau, the forecast also predicts an increase of 50,000 tonnes in the tuber harvest (cassava, sweet potato and potato) compared with the 800,000 tonnes produced in the current campaign.

The agricultural campaign will be launched in the southern province of Gaza in October.

To achieve these goals, Limbau stated that the government is going to invest in irrigation and agricultural research to increase productivity. The deputy minister stressed the need to increase research on new vaccines for livestock.

On the 2012/2013 campaign, Limbau said that the outcome had been different in the country’s three regions (north, south and centre of the country). In particular, the regions had very different rainfall patterns (the south of the country was badly affected by flooding at the beginning of this year, and the harvest in the centre of the country was hit by heavy rains).

Despite this, Limbau pointed out that the overall harvest had been good with an improvement in the availability of food.

Limbau was speaking to the press in Maputo on Tuesday following the weekly meeting of the Council of Ministers (Cabinet).

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