ENOUGH FOOD FOR FESTIVE SEASON, ASSURES MOZAMBIQUE’S TRADE MINISTER

Mozambique has enough stocks of foodstuffs to guarantee supplies during the coming festive season, says Industry and Trade Minister Max Tonela.

Speaking after making a three-day visit to the northern province of Nampula, he admitted, however, that shops and markets might run out of potatoes and tomatoes, given the heavy demand for these two items over the Christmas and New Year period.

“But the availability of rice, wheat flour, maize flour, sugar and vegetable oil is guaranteed in all provinces,” Tonela was quoted as saying in Monday’s issue of the Maputo daily, Noticias.

He also believed that with the recent re-opening of the 262-kilometre railway from Lichinga to Cuamba, connecting productive areas of Niassa province to the northern rail corridor, beans and potatoes from Niassa could easily reach not only Nampula, but also Cabo Delgado and parts of Zambezia province at competitive prices.

Tonela added that, in the next few days, work teams from his Ministry would check the demand for and availability of vegetables and pulses.

The Minister said there was no reason for any further rise in the prices of basic foods, since over the past fortnight the Mozambican currency, the metical, had stabilized against both the US dollar and the South African rand.

The exchange rate against the rand is particularly important, given the large amount of food and drinks that Mozambique imports from South Africa.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK