Chinese entrepreneurs invest US$250m in Mozambique agriculture
Published: 22 Aug 2012
Xinhua | 22 August 2012
Authorities in the southern Mozambican province of Gaza said that a group of Chinese businessmen is investing US$250 million in agriculture in the Limpopo Valley. The investors are from Hubei province, and working on agricultural project covering 20,000 hectares on lower Limpopo Irrigation System, Radio Mozambique reported on Monday.
According to the provincial government, the project is to be developed in three phases. According to Armando Ussivane, chairperson of the Board of Lower Limpopo Irrigation System, the dynamism of the project guarantees a good agricultural campaign for food production in Gaza in the coming months in the first phase of the implementation of the scheme.
The first phase of the project covers 6,000 hectares in the lower Chicumbane region.
Ussivane said at least 30 km of a drainage system for agricultural irrigation has been completed and that more than 15 km of roads along the irrigation area have been built.
The Lower Limpopo Irrigation System had not been operating for more than 30 years due to lack of funds and the civil war, waged by former rebels of Renamo.
"Now, conditions are ripe to revive the project," said Ussivane.
He said working with the Chinese agronomists is very important, because Mozambicans are to learn about Chinese technology used in agricultural production. "The lower Limpopo has fertile soil and conditions for water for irrigation," he said, calling on Mozambican farmers to make use of the presence of the Chinese in the project, aimed at producing more food to fight hunger in Gaza.
For Ussivane, the involvement of Chinese agronomists strengthens cooperation between Mozambique and China.
The lower Limpopo is meant to produce rice, vegetables and potatoes, according to Ussivane.