CHOKWE, Mozambique (PANA) - The
district of Chokwe, one of the most affected by floods in the southern
Mozambican province of Gaza, needs more than 900 tonnes of seeds for this
year's second planting season.
Chokwe lost 26,000 hectares of farmland in the flooding that affected southern and central Mozambique in February.
According to the Agricultural and Rural Development district director, Custodio Macame, Chokwe will need 500 tonnes of rice seeds, 400 tonnes of maize seeds, and 900 kilograms of vegetable seeds, namely onions, tomatoes and cabbages.
Macame told journalists that this only covers subsistence farming needs. He added that the it is not known what will be the needs of the commercial agriculture sector in the lands covered by the Limpopo irrigation system which is still swamped.
He said that the figure for subsistence farming was arrived at by calculating the needs of 33,741 families who depend on rain-fed agriculture.
He added that another priority will be to distribute agricultural utensils such as hoes, rakes and so on.
"We'll spend three to four months before harvesting anything, which means that we'll have to live on food aid," he said.
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