Mozambique’s former President Joaquim Chissano said on Monday in Maputo that Mozambique has to continue putting agriculture as first priority and industry as the drive for economic development of the country. agric
The former president said that the discovery of natural resources at no moment should change this approach though the new discoveries may apparently looked as the new facilities for development.
“We have a very clear line that says that agriculture will be the basis for development and the industry, the drive towards that development, this comes since the transition government,” said Chissano.
In 2010, the American company Anadarko and the Italian company Eni has claimed to have discovered recoverable reserves of 150 trillion cubic feet of natural gas off the coast the northern province of Cabo Delgado, which means Mozambique is possibly the fourth largest natural gas-producer in the world.
Besides, the southern African country also plays a significant role in the world’s production of aluminium, beryllium, and tantalum.
Chissano added that above all, the government should give much priority to its human capital, women and men so that they can be the owners of the resources, participating in the creation of formulas on how to make use of the resources so that they can benefit all.
“It is important to continue with the education of the people so that they can participate with know how to add value and use in the best way everything God gave us,” said the former president.
On the very same day, the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security, announced that it expects a growth of 12 percent in food production for the campaign season 2014/15. In the last campaign the production was at 18 million food products.
Raimundo Matul, who is the national director of economy and cooperation from the Agriculture Ministry, said that the floods that hit the country, particularly in the central and northern regions early this year, will not stop production from growing.
The director said the targets for the current season will be met, in some areas with few challenges but the executive is optimistic. Enditem


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