President Filipe Nyusi on April 20 launched the 2022/2023 agricultural marketing campaign in Marracuene district, 30 kilometers north of Maputo.
The target for this year is just over 17 million tonnes of miscellaneous crops: 21% of this figure should be cereals, tubers representing 45%, vegetables 13%, pulses 11%, oilseeds 4 %, and various other crops 20 percent.
President Nyusi reaffirmed the government’s commitment to promote industrialization to stimulate 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”.
President Nyusi also challenged farmers to boost 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.
Statistics cited by the president show that in 2020, Mozambique exported agricultural products worth $604.2 million. However, agricultural imports were more than 50% higher at US$998.5 million. He lamented that “this means that we have recorded a negative agricultural trade balance of more than 394 million dollars”.