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Matutuine — The rice production and processing unit being built in the southernmost district of Matutuine, Maputo province, could reduce the country's rice import requirement by 20 per cent. Currently the country imports 650,000 tonnes of rice per year.

However, reducing imports by such a huge amount is dependent on the government giving permission to the owners of the Bela Vista Rice Project, LAP/Ubuntu, to extend its land under cultivation to five thousand hectares so that the project can undertake industrial scale production.

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Courtesy: AllAfrica

13th April 2011