MOZAMBIQUE’S AGRICULTURE MINISTER CALLS FOR IMPROVED AGRICULTURAL MARKETING

Mozambique’s Minister of Agriculture and Trade, Max Tonela, has called for improvements in the country’s agricultural marketing system in order to ensure food and nutritional security.

“We want to produce innovative solutions to the current challenges,” he stressed at the opening session of his Ministry’s Co-ordinating Council here Thursday. The meeting is being held under the theme, “Improving the Business Environment: the Key to Driving Agricultural Marketing and Industrialisation”.

Agricultural marketing plays a crucial role in the economy, Tonela said, and is one of the main sources of income for the rural population.

The meeting, he added, should also discuss stepping up the pace of implementing reforms resulting from the government’s Strategy for Improving the Business Environment, which was approved in 2013. These reforms, he said, should remove barriers to investment, and facilitate the day-to-day life of companies.

The Co-ordinating Council will also discuss the role of the Mozambique Grain Institute (ICM) and assess the need to restructure it. The ICM owns the silos for grain storage built in recent years, but there are concerns that these are underused.

“We must assess the degree of use of the silos and other storage facilities built with state funds, and seek more effective forms of management, including assessing the involvement of the private sector in order to maximize the benefits from these activities”, said Tonela.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK