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    11 February, 2011
Memorandum signed on fertilisers and soil fertility
Maputo, 11 Feb (AIM) – The Mozambican government on Friday signed a memorandum of understanding with the International Fertiliser Development Centre (IFDC) on implanting a fertiliser industry, using the organic material and minerals (such as phosphates) available in the country.

Under the memorandum, signed by Agriculture Minister Jose Pacheco and the IFDC Chief Executive Officer, Amit Roy, the IFDC pledges to assist the government in its long term plans for soil fertility management and rural development.

An IFDC release announced that the organisation’s activities in Mozambique “include training farmers in sound agricultural practices, improving their access to inputs (fertilisers, seeds and crop protection products), strengthening agriculture market development and building the capacity of farmer organisations and agro-dealers in the private sector”.

The IFDC is implementing the Agricultural Input Market Development (AIMS) project, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). This, the IFDC says, “promotes private sector investment in agri-input technologies and improves farmers’ access to those technologies through competitive markets and stronger agro-dealer networks”.

The IFDC notes that currently fertilizer use in Mozambique is only four kilos per hectare, half the African average of eight kilos per hectare, and far below the target of 50 kilos by hectare set by the African Fertiliser Summit held in Abuja in 2006.
Pacheco declared that Mozambique recognises the IFDC as a “strategic partner” in the Green Revolution advocated by the government, particularly in the areas of soil fertility, and developing the market for agricultural inputs.

Pacheco hoped that the partnership with the IFDC would promote the use of fertilisers in increasing and improving agricultural production and productivity.

“We expect that this memorandum will create conditions for the IFDC to support our country in a more effective manner, with priority to the training of technical staff and producers in areas of soil fertility and management, and to developing the market for agricultural inputs, by training the retailers of inputs”, said Pacheco

“We hope that conditions are established for implanting programmes that make inputs available to small producers, draw up regulations for controlling the quality of fertilisers, and other actions that can lead to a greater availability of inputs at more accessible prices”, the Minister added.

Amit Roy said that IFDC staff members “look forward to continuing to work with the government of Mozambique to increase farmers’ crop yields and financial well-being through agricultural intensification efforts”.

The IFDC is a not-for-profit agency which describes itself as “a public international organisation, governed by an international board of directors with representation from developed and developing countries”.

Its main focus is “increasing and sustaining food security and agricultural productivity in developing countries through the development and transfer of effective and environmentally sound nutrient technology and agribusiness expertise”.
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