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Austrian Cooperation Announces EUR 10 Million for Fruit Development in Mozambique

Austrian Cooperation Announces EUR 10 Million for Fruit Development in Mozambique

The Austrian cooperation is funding with 10 million euros, the new component of the Sustenta programme, which consists of technology transfer in the fruit production value chain.

The programme, which in a first phase will be implemented in the provinces of Manica, Sofala and Inhambane, was launched Thursday by the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Celso Korea, in Manica’s Macate district.

In fact, 17 associations of fruit and single producers in Manica province, received the first 17 fruit drying machines for their conservation, which guarantees a longer shelf life.

According to Radio Mozambique, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development pointed out several advantages of the processing machines, which allow preserving the fruit for a period of a year, after harvesting.

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In his turn, the Secretary of State in Manica province, Edson Macuacua said that the arrival of this technology will solve a big problem faced by fruit producers.

The technology transfer component, which aims at integrating the family production of fruit in the market, under the Sustenta programme, will in a first stage contemplate mango, banana, pineapple, citrus, avocado and lychees, and will benefit individual or associated producers, who explore areas of not less than one hectare.

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