The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development (MADER), Celso Correia, ensures that despite the shortage of wheat for bread production on the international market, due to the war between Russia and Ukraine, Mozambique has sufficient quantities to cover its needs until the end of this year.
“The Ministry of Industry and Trade is monitoring the situation and we believe we have a sufficient quantity of wheat for this year, without any problem. Next year, we will have to remain vigilant while we do not produce this raw material, always working with the private sector,” he said.
This assurance comes a month after the government and the wheat importing industries advanced opposing points regarding the volume of wheat stocks in the country.
Speaking in an interview a few days ago on Radio Mozambique’s “Letters on the Table” programme, Celso Correia also explained that prices of rice, wheat and oil on the international market are rising.
“The price of oil, for example, has risen from US$800 to US$1,800 per tonne. Thus, this crisis has to be assessed and monitored on several dimensions, the first of which is about supply, that is, whether or not there is a stock rupture at a national level,” he noted.
The governor also said that the increase in the cost of these products in the country resulted from the transfer of global inflation, noting that it was a phenomenon that Mozambique could not avoid, despite putting strong pressure on the trade balance and international net reserves.
“The State and the families are under pressure and we have to find ways of easing that pressure. The only way is to continue producing, because we have no alternative and, therefore, we have to intensify all production programmes, valuing our products in order to obtain revenue and know where we can intervene to mitigate a given situation whenever possible,” he stressed.