Portugal’s Minister for Agriculture Assunção Cristas and her Mozambican counterpart have agreed that investigation and the training of human resources are two areas within the farming sector that their respective countries can help each other with.
“Investigation will be an area of consolidation and expansion” via a cooperation between the two countries, said José Pacheco, Mozambican Minister for Agriculture following a meeting with his Portuguese counterpart in Maputo.
Training for human resources “to increase productivity” and irrigation, “where Portuguese experience could be very useful” are another two areas pinpointed by the Ministers for bilateral cooperation.
“We can share many skills and experiences”, Minister Cristas said during her visit to Mozambique, adding that she hopes to see “many more Portuguese projects with Mozambican partners in various parts of the country.”
There are currently 21 Portuguese projects within the farming industry being carried out in Mozambique, a total investment of around €470 million.
The most important project, financially, is Portugal’s investment in forestry.
The two Ministers also highlighted the possibility of an exchange of indigenous fruits, such as the Portuguese pear and the Mozambican banana, described as “a banana that speaks Portuguese.”
Last week Assunção Cristas completed a three-day visit to Mozambique, during which she took part in a farming forum organised by the Portuguese Industrial Association, which took place in Maputo and Beira and put Mozambican government officials in touch with Portuguese entrepreneurs in that country.