The Government of Mozambique will on Saturday, March 26, launch a special agro-industrial processing zone in Cuamba, Niassa province.
“As part of the implementation of the National Program to Industrialise Mozambique, the Government of Mozambique, in partnership with the African Development Bank, officially launches on the 26th of March in the district of Cuamba, Province of Niassa, the official launch of the Pemba-Lichinga Integrated Development Corridor Special Agro-Industrial Processing Zone (ZEPA),” reads a communique by the Ministry of Industry and Trade (see below).
The project goal is to improve agricultural productivity and agribusiness development in Niassa, Cabo Delgado and Zambézia provinces, as well as to contribute to the goals of the ongoing industrialisation of the country.
The Project consists of three components, namely: (i) Strengthen Institutional Capacity, Policy, Regulatory, Institutional and Business Environment for Agro Industrial Development, (ii) Support agricultural productivity, skills, and enterprise development to enhance agricultural value chains and (iii) Project Coordination and Management.
The Project will be implemented over five years (2022- 2026) at a cost of US$47.086 million (including in-kind contributions of US$2.862 million from the Government of Mozambique and Beneficiaries).
The Council of Ministers yesterday considered information on the launch of the Special Zone for Agro-Industrial Processing of the Pemba-Lichinga Integrated Development Corridor (ZEPA).
The key value chains in the project will include soybeans, sesame, macadamia, potatoes, wheat, beans, maize, cotton, and poultry.
Investments in the corridor are expected to increase agricultural production in an area with high growth potential, moving small producers away from subsistence agriculture towards a competitive, inclusive and wealth-generating agro-industry.