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Tuesday, 19 January 2016

China Helps Mozambique to Tackle Food-Deficit Problem

As the proverb says, bread is the staff of life, the southern African country Mozambique knows it well. Four years ago, Rudy Manuel, a Mozambican youth, could not imagine that his father's farm, located in Xai-Xai district in Mozambique's southern province of Gaza, can reach a yield of up to 4,8 tonnes of grain per hectare. Before cooperating with China WanBao Co., Ltd. in 2011, Manuel's 42-hectare farm only had the capacity of producing an average of 1,5 tonnes of grain per hectare. It is not an exception in Mozambique, which possesses large alluvial plains as arable land, but is still plagued by a food deficit of nearly 300 000 tonnes of grain, constrained by its primitive farming techniques. More than half of the nation's 24-million population are still living below the poverty line, while the unemployment rate remains above 27%, according to data released by the African Development Bank (AfDB) in 2012. Agriculture development and job opportunity creation are always among the most important issues for the Mozambican government. The arrival of Chinese help, with their advanced agricultural technologies and projects, has helped to make a change. Agricultural cooperation between China and Mozambique started as early as 2007, when the first batch of agricultural technology demonstration centres in Africa was established in Maputo province. It was also ranked as the first of its kind in Africa, having trained over 1 000 Mozambicans until October 2015.

Source: All Africa