100 MORE WAGONS TO TRANSPORT GRAIN TO BE DEPLOYED TO NACALA RAILWAY

A hundred new railway wagons will be operating on Mozambique’s Nacala railway corridor by the end of this year to increase the capacity between the port of Nacala and neighbouring Malawi.

The wagons are being leased by the Northern Development Corridor (CDN), which is the concessionaire managing the Nacala port and general traffic along the railway line which runs to Entre-Lagos in Malawi.

Company Spokesman Sergio Paunde says 22 of the grain wagons are already in Nampula, and a further 22 are expected to arrive shortly. All the wagons should be in the country by the end of the year.

According to Paunde, the new wagons will reduce the opportunity for theft which poses a threat to both the image and competitiveness of the company.

The demand exists for an increase in capacity. Paunde says CDN has received requests from various customers who wish to move large quantities of cereals to areas along the corridor which are facing food shortages as a result of poor harvests in the latest agricultural season.

For example, although it registered positive results from the last season, Nampula Province needs about 900,000 tonnes of maize to satisfy its requirements.

According to the provincial director of transport and communications, Francisco Bonzo, the strengthening of the railway capacity will benefit not only the northern provinces of Mozambique but also landlocked nations such as the Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, and Zambia which use the corridor for imports and exports.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK