Abandoned house belonging to a family resettled by Mozaco. (Photo: Erico Waga)
Business group from Mozambique plans to grow soybeans
The Mozambique Agriculture Company (Mozaco), a company of the João Ferreira dos Santos group, has requested the Government of Mozambique to grant it 2,000 acres in the Malema district of Nampula, for soybean cultivation, said the managing director of the company.
Manuel Delgado said the request stems from the development process carried out on a plot of 280 hectares having shown that Malema has appropriate land and climate conditions for farming soybeans.
According to Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias, Delgado told the provincial governor of Nampula, Victor Borges, who a few days ago visited the company, that last year Mozaco produced a crop of 500 tons of soybeans and another 40 tons on another 20-hectare plot of land.
Soybean production has increased in Mozambique, particularly in the provinces of the centre and north of the country due to the incentives granted by the government and its partners.
These incentives include provision of improved seeds to farmers, which has led to an immediate increase in soy production in the provinces where it is farmed.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security said that since the beginning of soybean production (2003/2004) the average yield per hectare increased by 100 percent, from 500 kg to 1,000 kg.