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    9 September, 2009
Cereal production reaches 2.6 million tonnes

Deputy Education Minister Luis Covane on 25 August announced that cereal production reached 2.6 million tonnes in the 2008/2009 farming season, a growth of 14.1 per cent compared with the previous year. The government has therefore decided to raise its target to 3.9 million tonnes of cereals for the next farming season (2009/2010), a further growth of 18.2 percent.

According to Covane, during the 2008/2009 season the country also produced 430.600 tonnes of legumes, and 9.2 million tonnes of root vegetables - an increase of 7.9 and 8.2 per cent respectively compared to the previous season.

Covane explained that these increases were due to a number of initiatives, such as strengthening the network of agricultural extensionists, the expansion of productive areas, the early provision of seeds, and the promotion of draft animal power for farming.

He stressed that during the season 2008/2009 the area under rice cultivation increased from 3,000 to 6,000 hectares in the Chokwe Irrigation Scheme, in the southern province of Gaza.

'We established a new credit line of 75 million meticais (about $2.82 million) for farmers and we also provided 4.8 thousand tonnes of seeds at half price for 52,000 farmers,' he added.

As for wheat, current projections point to a harvest of 13,000 tonnes up from 6,000 tonnes harvested in the 2007/2008 farming season.

Covane noted that despite growth in cereal production, much still needs to be done to meet the targets set in Mozambique’s Food Production Action Plan covering the period 2008-2011. The Government’s strategy is to eliminate the need to import rice and potatoes, and slash imports of wheat.

Current statistics show that that the country only generates a surplus in two staples, maize and cassava. There is an annual surplus of around 75,000 tonnes of maize and 819,000 tonnes of cassava. But there is an annual deficit of 316,000 tonnes of rice, 467,000 tonnes of wheat, 169,300 tonnes of potatoes, 24,000 tonnes of chicken and 54,000 tonnes of fisheries produce. The government also hopes to greatly increase the country’s maize surplus, and by 2011 there should be a surplus of 329,000 tonnes of maize available for export.

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