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Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is introducing new production technologies to increase production of the Mocuba variety rice crop in the Intabo and Mundamunda irrigation systems in the Maganja da Costa district.
The initiative involves six districts in all: Maganja da Costa, Nicoadala, Namacurra, Mopeia, Quelimane and Inhassunge.
JICA representative Masahiro Otake says that producers are using the technologies successfully and foresees the current 1.5 tons of rice production increasing to 4.5 tons.
Rice farmers are learning how to prepare soil better and select and incubate seeds. A proper rice field is planted in line and not randomly, helping the fight against pests.
Adérito Alfredo, president of the Intabo Irrigators Association, says that proper transplantation also helps control weeds.
“When there is a plant that is different from the others, it is easy to spot it and remove it. Likewise, yield levels are higher because it allows for the control of peeling and water levels,” he says.
Zambézia hopes to produce 400 tonnes of rice in the current campaign, provincial director of Agriculture and Food Security, Jabula Zubia says.
The province has a total of 511 agrarian extension agents in both the public and private sector, to which the agriculture and food security sector has distributed 309 equipment kits.
Zambézia will have more than two million hectares dedicated to food production in the 2018/2019 campaign, with the emphasis on rice. The province estimates it will produce 7.3 million tons of miscellaneous products, including cereals, tubers, vegetables and cash crops.Source: O País