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The Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security (MASA) is discussing a model for the registration of producers and details of family agriculture practices as a way of strengthening the family sector in the country.
MASA representatives met the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the Brazilian Cooperation Agency (ABC) and the National Peasants’ Union (UNAC) to share ideas on the subject last week.
Sandra Silva, national director of Agrarian Extension, said the idea was to develop tools to add value to family farming and design a system for registering small farmers and agricultural extension service providers.
This instrument would also provide subsidies with a view to supporting the family sector in Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP) countries.
“We have a lot of expectations for the implementation of the project, because it will contribute to the development of the agrarian sector and improve information about the assistance of extension service providers,” he said.
Platforms for dialogue with governments, the academic community, and CPLP civil society, especially in Brazil, should be used.
Speaking on the subject, UNAC president Ana Paula said that agricultural production should be focused on the crops and insecticides used in Mozambican conditions.
“We do not want to use products that harm human health. Yes, we want to practice Mozambican agriculture. We hope to share information with other countries and partner institutions,” she said.
Paula hopes that the project will be designed to support Mozambican small farmers.
“We want our government to support small farmers by offering machinery so we can increase production. The idea is not to bring investors to occupy our land,” she added.
Cláudia Pereira, an assistant to the FAO representative in Mozambique, said that in addition to contributing to sustainable development, family farming preserves traditional food crops, preserving a balanced diet.Source: Notícias