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The Mozambican government is to replace the Maputo and Limpopo Corridors Value Chains Development Project (PROSUL) which a programme that will cover the entire country.
According to a report in Monday’s edition of the daily newspaper “O Pais”, PROSUL has been operating over the last nine years to increase agricultural production in 19 districts in the provinces of Maputo, Gaza, and Inhambane. In particular, it has been supporting the expansion of the irrigation network.
However, on Friday the Ministry of Agriculture launched a consultation process for the successor to PROSUL which will be called the Inclusive Programme for Agricultural Value Chain Development (PROCAVA). This will be composed of various strands aiming to increase production and productivity, invest strategically in market mechanisms and policy developments, and implement support mechanisms.
In elaborating the project, the director of the government’s Agricultural Development Fund (FDA), Abdul Cesar, explained that PROCAVA will have advantages over PROSUL in that it is more embracing. In particular, it will be extended to cover both poultry and oilseed production.
PROCAVA will have a preliminary budget of 100,000 US dollars with which to build the project’s capacity and implement measures to increase farmers’ incomes.
The Ministry of Agriculture also launched consultations over a programme to increase production from aquaculture from its current level of three tonnes of fish per year to over 20 tonnes. According to the ministry’s national director for aquaculture, Veronica Namashulua, the Project to Promote Small Scale Aquaculture (PRODAPE) will be implemented in 23 districts in seven provinces located in the north and centre of the country. This will benefit eight thousand fish farmers.
It is expected that PRODAPE will receive financial support from the Italian government through the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).Source: AIM