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Launch of the Distribution of Emergency Kits for effective mitigation of the effects of the Cyclone Idai aimed at Reducing Food Insecurity for 8,600 farmers. All Photos: German Cooperation in Mozambique / GIZ
Following the damage caused by Cyclone Idai, the Green Innovation Centre in the Agri-Food Sector in Mozambique (GIAE MOZ) is conducting an emergency intervention to beneficiaries of the project, to mitigate the risk of the severe food insecurity that could affect the population until the next harvest.
GIAE MOZ is a German Cooperation project whose objective is to increase small farmers’ incomes, boost employment and improve food supply.
The GIAE Project has as the main value chain pigeon pea and implements its activities in the localities of Siluvo, Matenga, Lamego, Tica and Metuchira of Nhamatanda district and the Locality of Pungué in Gorongosa district, where up to now it has already reached 8,600 Farmers with training In Farming Business School.
Unfortunately, the production areas in Nhamatanda district and part of Gorongosa district, were almost totally destroyed by the intensity of the winds and the torrential rains. It is estimated that of the maize harvest, 60 to 80% was lost due to falling maize stalks, but the pigeon pea crop resisted and will be able to recover up to a certain extent.
Those that suffered even more, are the farmers in the localities of Lamego and Tica and to a lesser extend in Mituchira, who lost part or whole of their houses, agricultural tools and suffered from flooding of their fields.
To ensure the production of food during the second agricultural season, the project distributes – free of charge – a Kit to 8,600 farmers. The Kit is composed of Maize seeds (Short Cycle to produce fresh corn after 45 Days and grain after 110 to 130 days; along with Fertilisers and Insecticide), Cow pea (source of Protein – providing leaves after 30 days and peas after that) and Pigeon Pea /Sugar beans (as a source of protein and for income generation) and a hoe. Together with a technical sheet about their application.
In total, the distribution will involve 31 tons of grain and leguminous seeds, 160 tons of fertilisers, 11.600 packages of horticulture seeds, 2.400 bottles of insecticide, 170 sprayers with Protection Kit and 8,600 hoes.
The launch event of the distribution campaign took place on Monday, the 15th of April In Nhamatanda, Locality of Siluvo, Rua Domingos and was presided by H.E. the administrator of Nhamatanda.
Source: German Cooperation in Mozambique / GIZ - Press Release
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