Mozambique loses 40% of crops to pests and diseases

Up to 40% of Mozambican crop produce has been lost to pests and plant diseases since April 2017, the government has said. Government Spokesperson Ana Comoana said the maize crop has been besieged by fall armyworm, while coconut plantations have been ravaged by yellow-leaf plague. Banana plantations are reportedly under…

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Millions for Mozambican climate change resilience project

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has signed an agreement to provide the government of Mozambique with a US$29 million to support the uptake of agricultural technologies, techniques and small-scale irrigation equipment to increase climate resilience among smallholder farmers. In a statement, the AfDB said a significant chunk of the funding…

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Domesticated buffaloes to provide draught power, milk in Mozambique

The Mozambique Institute of Agricultural Research (IIAM) has started domesticating wild buffaloes to provide draught power and milk to poor smallholder rural farmers. A pioneer herd of 18 buffaloes, comprising 16 adults and 2 calves, is already undergoing training at the Estação Zootécnica de Chobela (EZC), a cattle management research…

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Mozambican smallholder farmers besieged by drought, pests and diseases

Smallholder farmers surveyed in the Mozambican districts of Quelimane, Inhassunge and Cinde are concerned about productivity threats like drought, erratic rains, rodents, pests and poultry diseases. The results are contained in a report entitled Mainstreaming Disaster Risk In Agriculture: An XSCEL Learning Paper compiled by a consortium including Concern Worldwide,…

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