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Manica: Government Mobilises Partners to Train Wheat and Vegetable Growers

Manica: Government Mobilises Partners to Train Wheat and Vegetable Growers

The government of Manica province in Mozambique is mobilising partners to fund technical assistance for around 300 farmers to increase vegetable production in the district of Sussundenga.

The programme is being implemented in the Tsetsera area and is part of a project by the Sussundenga agrarian village.

The idea is to initially produce wheat and vegetables on an area estimated at around 500 hectares.

Ernesto Lopes, the provincial director of Agriculture and Fisheries in Manica, said a few days ago that contacts are being made with some partners to mobilise financial resources and guarantee technical support so that the farmers can be equipped with knowledge about the production of these two crops.

‘The idea is for producers to have sufficient knowledge to valorise the wheat and vegetable production chain,’ said Lopes, who was speaking in Chimoio, the provincial capital.

He assured that the agriculture sector is in contact with all partners to materialise this initiative.

‘Sussundenga has arable land and irrigation infrastructures. These infrastructures have the capacity to irrigate around 577 hectares. So, initially we have this project, which will be carried out on an area of 200 hectares. Gradually we’ll increase the production areas,’ explained the source.

‘In these 200 hectares we will produce wheat and vegetables. We believe that the partners will complete the technical support for the producers so that the production chains are all complete,’ he said.

He revealed that the government intends to concession the agricultural village in the Tsetsera irrigated area, worth one million dollars.

‘By granting concessions for that area we want to see large-scale wheat production. Our province has the conditions to produce this crop. What we hope is that production will increase and Manica will become a benchmark in the cultivation of wheat and vegetables.’

Manica province has arable land for wheat production, mainly in the districts of Sussundenga, Báruè, Manica, Gondola, Mossurize and Macate.

In 2023, the agriculture sector estimated a production of around 1,800 tonnes of wheat, a cash crop.

This is why the government wants to invest in mass production of these crops in some districts.

Data from the agricultural sector indicates that at least 15,000 producers are dedicated to wheat production in the districts of Manica, Báruè and Mossurize.

However, the lack of buyers for the wheat has been one of the constraints for producers, especially in the family sector.

Last year (2023) part of the production was not commercialised due to the lack of a market.

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Ernesto Lopes said that after expanding production in Sussundenga, specifically in the Rotunda area, the government could extend the crop to Serra Shoa, in the Báruè district, a region with agro-climatic conditions for growing wheat.

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