Zambezia province may miss the target of producing 350,000 tons of rice in the current agricultural season, 2021-2022, due to the damages caused by cyclones Ana and Gombe.
According to Mozambican newspaper Noticias, the Agriculture and Fisheries authorities in Zambezia said that the damages, mainly in irrigation areas located in the lower and middle parts of the province, such as Intabo and Mundha-Mundha, were very severe, after a large investment for their rehabilitation.
This information was shared by Edson Teimoso, Agriculture and Fisheries technician in Zambezia, during the third meeting of the Thematic Group of Zambezia Development Platform, which took place in Mocuba.
According to the representative of the director of Agriculture and Fisheries, projections for this campaign indicated harvests of over 350,000 tons of rice, but due to the cyclones it will be difficult, with an estimated loss of over 50,000 tons.
If the planned production is not achieved, Teimoso said that the province could face pockets of famine in the coming months.
Zambézia province accounts for half the national production of rice and over the last three years has been participating in domestic efforts to reduce imports of this grain.
Data from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MADER) indicate that the country spends over a million dollars a year in rice imports to meet the domestic deficit.
In this way, in order to overcome the situation created by the cyclones, interventions are being carried out in seven irrigated areas located in the Zambezi valley, in the districts of Nicoadala, Maganja da Costa, Mopeia and Morrumbala, in order to boost the production of this cereal.