After twelve years of implementation, the Rural Market Promotion Programme (PROMER), with a focus on agri-business, is strengthening the capacities of traders in fifteen districts in Niassa, Cabo Delgado, Nampula and Zambézia provinces.
These traders are involved in the sale of inputs and agricultural marketing, having achieved over two thousand contracts for a volume of over 50 thousand tons of various products.
The figures were presented recently in Maputo by the deputy minister for Agriculture and Rural Development, Olegário dos Anjos Banze, at the opening of the national seminar to close PROMER, a Government initiative, supported by IFAD and the European Union, budgeted at around 75 million meticais.
The programme, which started its activities in 2009, aimed to improve the lives of rural families by supporting small farmers to market their surplus in a more profitable way, thereby improving their income and living conditions.
To achieve this objective, PROMER intervened in actions to develop market intermediaries and value chains geared towards entrepreneurship, gender promotion, functional and nutritional education, in addition to institutional support at all levels.
According to Banze, implementation of the programme has led to positive results, notably access to financial services and partnership agreements with financial institutions, which have facilitated credit operations involving rural traders and individual producers to the tune of around 195 million meticais.
According to the source, the initiative made it possible to strengthen the capacity of 500 producer organisations, involving around 21,085 members, grant DUATs to 26,816 small producers, rehabilitate 730 km of roads linking production areas to the main markets, rehabilitate 11 markets and build four from scratch, totalling 15 market infrastructures, amongst other things.
“We are aware that the challenges in the access of small producers to agricultural markets are still huge requiring, therefore, an effort by the Government in boosting markets in favour of rural farmers who represent more than 70% of the productive force and have in agriculture their main source of income and subsistence,” he said.