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Two seed-processing plants are expected to start operating in the town of Ulónguè in Tete province’s Angónia district this year. The new units will bring Ulónguè’s total to three, the first of which is a cornflour factory.
According to Director of District Economic Services Damião Pitala, work is currently underway sinking electricity poles for the two factories, the first seed processing plants in Tete, finally removing the province’s dependency on Chimoio in neighbouring Manica and other parts of the country and abroad.
“What is missing at the moment is electricity for the two processing plants, but the job is in hand. One factory is just at the entrance of the village and the other is in the Chindequi neighbourhood,” Pitala explained.
The two factories will guarantee the supply of corn, bean and soybeans seeds among others, generating great expectation in the village, Pitala said, “because we did not have supply here in Tete and were simply dependent on Chimoio”.
“The installation of the two plants will be an asset for the province of Tete. After all, we produced the corn here, but we had to go to Chimoio to process the seed,” he explained.
Another gain will be lower prices for the small farmers of the Angónia plateau and parts of Tsangano, Macanga and Chifunde with agricultural potential.
“We believe the prices will have to be set relatively low, which will stimulate producers in need of improved seed to ensure their production and productivity,” the Economic Activities Department director said.
Angonia also has five silos for the storage of cereals, but their entry into full operation is dependent on electricity supply.
“There are energy problems, but we think they will be solved, ensuring that farmers can save their production for use in time of need,” he said.
Source: AIM Moçambique