The government of Mozambique has launched an agricultural marketing campaign in the district of Marracuene.
The country’s President, Filipe Nyusi, celebrated the launch ceremony and said the campaign is expected to bring immediate results by generating income for rural households and improving the well-being of Mozambicans, as fundamental objectives of the campaign. its governance.
The marketing target for this year is just over 17 million tonnes of various crops. 21% of this is expected to be cereals, with root crops accounting for 45%, vegetables 13%, pulses 11%, oilseeds 4% and miscellaneous other crops 20%.
The President reaffirmed the government’s commitment to promote industrialization as a stimulating factor for the expansion of agricultural production. This would be to “continue the reforms underway to attract investment, alongside the construction of infrastructure in rural areas, including roads and electrification”.
Nyusi urged all marketing players to take advantage of Malawian President Lazarus Chakwera’s visit this Thursday to internationalize Mozambican economic activities.
Chakwera, he said, will visit the Marracuene facilities of the Maputo International Trade Fair (FACIM), where he will address Mozambican businessmen. “Malawi produces a lot, but above all it needs a lot, and it is not difficult to bring business to Malawi. Let’s internationalize our economic activities. You will see the impact of internationalization”.
For his part, the Minister of Industry and Trade, Silvino Moreno, said that when talking about the agricultural marketing chain, the government refers to all operational and commercial activities from the place of production. , through harvesting, processing, storage and distribution to the final consumer.
“The efficiency of this process requires improving the activities at each stage of the chain so that the final product reaches the consumer in acceptable standards and with the necessary quality,” he said.
Moreno added that it also requires ongoing dialogue with other marketing actors, including the merchant farmers themselves, transporters, storage and processing units, processors, regulators and policy makers.
Nyusi also challenged Mozambican farmers to increase onion and potato production to improve the country’s trade balance. He said Mozambique continues to import potatoes that have been rejected by other countries.
“Let’s seriously grow potatoes here in (the neighboring district of) Moamba. There are many opportunities to grow potatoes, not only in Maputo province, but in Niassa, in the far north and in the central province of Tete. Let’s not humiliate ourselves by importing goods that we can perfectly cultivate here,” said the Head of State.