Chibabava, 2 August (AIM) – According to President Armando Guebuza the Mozambican
government is currently fast tracking the training of agrarian technicians who
will assist peasant farmers to double their production and income. "'We have
agreements for training agrarian technicians and we have young people studying
on how to improve seeds and soil enrichment techniques to increase production",
said President Guebuza on Monday at a rally in the Administrative Post of
Goonda, Chibabava district, which marked the end of a 4-day visit to the
central province of Sofala.
This statement was in response to claims of famine in the region made by the
local residents, the causes of which are primarily lack of water and erratic
rainfall. There is a river in the region, but local residents are unable to
exploit its full potential due to the lack of water storage.
According to President Guebuza, these and other problems have led the
Government to embrace the “Green Revolution”, which aims to increase
agriculture yields. He added that the Government is relying on extensionists to
teach farmers to improve production.
Currently, the entire province of Sofala is assisted by 52 extensionists who
are only able to assist 57,000 of the existing 390,000 peasant families in the
President Guebuza repeated the message that Mozambicans should stop relying on
rainwater, as a means to enable production all year long. “Reliance on
rainwater will cease to exist once we learn to manage water resources”, said the
According President Guebuza, there are already farmers using their skills to
manufacture water pumps for crop irrigation, and this is a clear indication
that these problems could be overcome.
Under the Green Revolution, Sofala is implementing the Action Plan for Food
Production (PAPA), which is already being established in the districts of Caia,
Maringue, Gorongosa, Chibabava, Buzi, Nhamatanda, Dondo and Beira, which have
huge agro-ecological potential for crops such as maize, rice, sunflower,
soybean and potatoes.
PAPA envisages increasing the use of organic fertilizers, mechanization,
improved seeds, and rehabilitation of four irrigation schemes and the establishment
of ten small irrigation systems in an area covering 157 hectares.
During a press conference that marked the end of his visit to Sofala, President
Guebuza said that it was a mistake to judge the benefits of District Development
Fund (FDD), seven million meticais, based on the level of disbursements and
This fund is still commonly known as "the seven million", since the
initiative began in 2006 as an allocation of seven million meticais (about $197,000
at current exchange rates) to each of the country's 128 districts. The money
was lent to people who presented viable projects to create jobs and boost food
'We would be unable to make the right judgement of the seven million based on
disbursements and repayments, because today we can see peasants farmers who own
motorbikes thanks to the businesses they managed to establish, such as small
maize mills", stressed the President.
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