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Mozambique plans 2.3 million ton cereal output

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Mozambique has revealed its ambition of producing 2.3 million tonnes of cereals in the 2013/2014 agricultural campaign. The local media reported on Friday quoting Deputy Agriculture Minister Antonio Limbau that the aim is to register an increase of 100,000 tonnes over the current campaign,.

The forecast also predicts an increase of 50,000 tonnes in the tuber harvest (cassava, sweet potato and potato) compared with the 800,000 tonnes produced in the current campaign.

The agricultural campaign for this planned bumper harvest will be launched in the southern province of Gaza in October.

Limbau said to achieve this goal the government will invest in irrigation and agricultural research to increase productivity, stressing the need to increase research on new vaccines for livestock.

According to Limbau, between 2012 and 2013, the outcome had been different in the country’s three regions (north, south and centre of the country) where very different rainfall patterns had been witnessed.

The south of the country was badly affected by flooding at the beginning of this year, and the harvest in the centre of the country was hit by heavy rains.

Despite this, Limbau pointed out that the overall harvest had been good with an improvement in the availability of food.

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