For Pacheco, this policy aims at promoting the increase in food production and production to guarantee food security and nutrition.

Agriculture tractor plowing field Pacheco was speaking at a seminar on agro-business in Mozambique. The meeting is aimed at attracting Portuguese business people to invest in the Mozambican agriculture sector.

According to a document from the Agriculture and Food Security Ministry, the seminar has been organized by the Portuguese Lusophone Agriculture Chamber and the Mozambican Economic Associations(CTA).

The event kicked off on Sunday in the capital Maputo, and will go on up to next Monday. Fifteen Portuguese companies are taking part in the seminar.

The objective of the meeting is to establish contacts between Mozambican and Portuguese banks and companies, as well as potential agricultural and industrial sectors. Mozambique wants to cooperate with Portugal in the ports of Maputo and Nacala.

“The agricultural sector was an intolerable pillar for Mozambique’s development,” said Pacheco.

For the government of Mozambique, agriculture is one of the tools to fight against hunger and poverty.

The objective of the Mozambican government is to produce more food to feed its people and export to the outside world. The Maputo administration also wants to reduce food dependency for the outside world.

“For this to happen in a solid way, unity for technological alternative if needed to transform agriculture into predominant for subsistence and oriented to the market,” he said.

According to the figure of the World Food Programme (WFP), one-third of Mozambique’s population which stands at over 24 million, is chronically food-insecure, and half a million children aged 6-23 months are undernourished. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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