Bumper pigeon pea harvest in India causes crisis in Mozambique
The failure of the Búzi irrigation system is affecting the activity of more than 300 farmers in the Sofala district, with governor Helena Taipo acknowledging that there has been negligence on the part of some members of her executive. She has promised to solve the problem as quickly as possible.
Built to help increase production and productivity, the irrigation system in Buzi, which has benefited three farming associations with more than 300 members, has been out of action for six months through lack of electricity supply. The local farmers associations failed to pay a sum of around 200,000 meticais owing to EDM, leading the corporation to cut off the electricity supply.
The Sofala governor says she will arrange a meeting between members of her executive and EDM as soon as possible to find a solution to the problem, admitting that, if nothing is done, agricultural production in this district may be compromised.
The Sofala governor said the problem of debts might have been solved if the farmers associations had had a follow-up from her executive, and said that similar situations would not happen again.
Taipo explained that her executive would seek to jointly identify the associations’ difficulties with them, and look for ways for them reduce the current debt in order to restore the irrigation system to full operation.Source: Miramar