A large project for the production of soybeans and yellow corn to make animal feed is underway in Niassa province in northern Mozambique, as part of a public-private partnership, reported online weekly newspaper Faisca, published in Lichinga, the provincial capital.
The partnership involves the provincial government through the Provincial Directorate of Agriculture and Food Security, Sociedade Malonda, the economic arm of the Malonda Foundation, forestry company Green Resources and rural workers from six districts.
The newspaper, citing the provincial governor, Arlindo Chilundo said that initially about 13 tonnes of soybean seeds of several varieties will be planted, provided using credit from the local private sector, in an area of 260 hectares.
Soybean production in Niassa province was reintroduced in 2012 by Green Resources in three of the province’s districts, after initially setting up a plantation for seed production, in order to test resistance to pests.
The Malonda Foundation is a Mozambican private nonprofit and public utility entity established in 2005 that operates in Niassa province. It is the result of a cooperation agreement between the governments of Mozambique and Sweden signed in 1997.
Green Forests is a Norwegian company working in forestry and renewable energy products, which is present in Tanzania, Uganda and Mozambique.