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Government Defends Technology Transfer for Transforming Agriculture

Government Defends Technology Transfer for Transforming Agriculture

The deputy minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Olegario Banze, considered that technology transfer and agricultural research are priorities for Mozambique to accelerate the transformation process of the agriculture sector in order to avoid the country’s total dependence on the import of technologies for not having its own.

The governor was speaking this Wednesday, December 14, in Maputo, at the opening of the seminar on Periodic Technology Review (REPETE), which brought together researchers, extensionists and producers.

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The objective of the event was to reflect on the technological packages and technologies in the field, as well as the constraints in the agrarian production process, aiming to propose concrete solutions to overcome them.

“Technology transfer is one of the seven structural components of support to family farming of the Sustenta Program, which has as one of the main objectives to integrate the family producer in the value chain,” he said, quoted by the Mozambique Information Agency (AIM).

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In turn, the director general of the Fundo de Fomento Agrário e Extensão Rural (FAR), Adelia Magaia, said that farmers should stop using grain and invest in quality certified seed, fertilisers and machinery for soil preparation in order to increase production and productivity.

To this end, Adélia Magaia stressed that it is necessary to guarantee the penetration of technologies in rural areas and to increase the number of extension workers to assist more families, until reaching, in 2024, more than a million households.

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