Mozambique’s National Agricultural Mechanisation Programme (PNMA) will benefit 35,000 people through the Agricultural Service Centres (CSAs) spread across the country, according to Agriculture Minister Jose Pacheco.

Speaking on Thursday at the opening session of the Second National Meeting on Agricultural Mechanisation, in the central city of Quelimane, Pacheco stressed that the vision of the CSAs is to provide excellence at all levels – in attending to the needs of producers, in making available services for preparing the land, for sowing, for harvesting and for transport and storage. The CSAs also sell inputs and provide technical assistance.

The CSAs are intended to bring these agricultural services closer to farmers. The meeting, held under the motto “Make Mechanisation a Factor that Stimulates Increased Production and Productivity”, will discuss strategies for greater participation of the private sector in running the CSAs.

“An estimated 35,000 producers are benefitting from this programme”, said Pacheco. “each CSA is working, on average, an area of 1,600 hectares and with a level of efficiency of at least 80 per cent”.



MAPUTO, Sept. 25 (NNN-ANGOP) –Preparations for the pilot population census are almost complete and the Mozambican government on Friday guaranteed that this dummy run for the full census will take place, as planned, in the first fortnight of October.

Chaired by Prime Minister Carlos Agostinho do Rosario, the Census Coordinating Council met in Maputo and confirmed the dates for the pilot census as 1 to 15 October.

The pilot census is regarded as an important dress rehearsal, which will test the census methodology and all the forms and questions used. It will ascertain conditions on the ground and the type of difficulties that could be faced by the full census, scheduled for August next year.

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, the spokesperson for the National Statistics Institute (INE), Cirilo Tembe, said that cartographic updating is now under way. This is extremely important to ensure that the census brigades have accurate, up-to-date maps.

“The machine has been tuned for the pilot census”, said Tembe. “We’ve been updating the maps, prioritising the areas that will be covered in the pilot census. We are working on this to ensure that when the full census is held everything runs smoothly”.