Mozambique: President Will Not Let Natural Resources Overshadow Agriculture

Maputo — Mozambican President Armando Guebuza on 12 April reaffirmed that the discovery of vast natural resources such a coal and natural gas will not shift the government’s attention away from improving productivity in the agricultural sector.

According to the President the focus of the government remains firmly on increasing agrarian productivity in the context of the struggle against poverty because it is in a symbiotic relationship with natural resources.

President Guebuza stressed this point at a ceremony in Maputo to launch the National Investment Plan for the Agrarian Sector (PNISA) which will be implemented over the period 2013 to 2017 at a cost of about 4 billion US dollars. The plan covers food production, market access, food security and nutrition.

“The importance of agriculture to our economy is underlined by the fact that about 88 per cent of households take part in this activity, which employs more than 81 per cent of the active population”, explained the President. He added that the agricultural sector forms about 25 per cent of Gross Domestic Product.

The plan has already received pledges worth 820 million dollars from the African Development Bank, World Bank, United States, European Union and Japan.

It will be implemented through private-public partnerships and engaging the local population. It will be monitored and evaluated using mechanisms set up by the government under the Economic and Social Plan (PES), Poverty Reduction Strategy (PARP) and Five Year Plan (PQG).

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