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File photo / Mouzinho Saíde, deputy minister of Health and spokesman for the Council of Ministers
The Mozambican government has closed the Agriculture Promotion Centre (CEPAGRI), which it established over 10 years ago to serve as a liaison between the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security and the productive business sector.
The closure was announced on Tuesday in Maputo by Government spokesman Mouzinho Saide at the end of the 34th Council of Ministers session.
The government decree closing the centre redefines the powers of the Agricultural Development Fund (FDA), giving it new momentum and relevance to the agricultural sector in the country.
The Mozambique Government has identified the agricultural sector as a pillar of the country’s development, and among its duties, the CEPAGRI was tasked with identifying the underlying problems in the agricultural sector and seeking their solution in partnership with the various stakeholders, both inside and outside the Ministry.
The FDA, whose powers have been redefined, is an autonomous public institution under the authority of the Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, with responsibility for studies and projects, the promotion of public-private investment and mobilising resources for the promotion of financial services for the agricultural development.
The FDA was established in June 2006 as a result of the merger of the Fund for the Development of Agricultural Hydraulics and the Agricultural Development Fund.Source: AIM Moçambique
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