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The World Bank is negotiating with the government of Sofala province in central Mozambique to set up an irrigation system for more than 1,000 hectares of land, the provincial director of Agriculture and Food Security has announced.
In addition to disbursing the money for the irrigation system, the World Bank will finance the supply of improved seeds and provide technical assistance to farmers, Adérito Mavie said.
Mavie He said that cooperation with the World Bank aimed to capitalise on the potential for rice production in Sofala province.
For the 2017-18 crop year, Sofala projects an increase in rice production of 7.8 percent, from to 246,236 tonnes compared to 228,311 tonnes for 2016-17.
It is estimated that 99,200 hectares of rice will be grown, up from 88,900 hectares the previous year.
At the national level, the government wants the country to produce 3.2 million tons of cereals, 6.67 percent more than currently, according to figures announced last month at the opening of the new agricultural season.
Objectives also include producing 14.3 million tons of roots and tubers, 12.6 percent more than currently, 793.6 thousand tons of legumes (12.25 percent more), 140 thousand tons of cashew (19 percent) and 80,000 tons of cotton (23 percent more).Source: Lusa