The government expects to market 17 million tons of products in the 2021/2022 agricultural campaign, announced this Wednesday, April 20, the head of state, Filipe Nyusi.
“We will not humiliate ourselves by importing what we can produce and well,” said the head of state, at the launch of the 2021/2022 agricultural campaign in Marracuene, in Maputo province.
Of the 17 million tons of products that Mozambique expects to trade, 45% are expected to be roots and tubers, 21% cereals, 13% vegetables, 11% legumes, and other products.
“Dear farmers, we must intensify the cultivation of potatoes and onions. Not only because it is a business with a secure market, but this exercise will balance our trade balance,” declared the Mozambican head of state.
The Government, which has defined agriculture as a priority in the Mozambican economy, has pointed out the industrialization of the sector and bets on commercialization as one of its main challenges.
As part of the strategies to strengthen the capacity of small farmers and boost industrialization, the Government of Mozambique launched the “Sustenta” program in February 2017, which has been the pillar of the agrarian sector in recent times.
The program had an initial support of 16 billion meticais, disbursed by the World Bank.
As a way to resist the high poverty rates and chronic malnutrition, most of the Mozambican population living in rural areas resort to subsistence agriculture as the only means of survival.