Förderung der kleinbäuerlichen landwirtschaftlichen Produktion in Sofala Beitrag 2016
Contribution to increased productivity of family farms as well as enhanced food and nutrition security through improved technologies and services for agricultural production, processing and marketing.
The expected results for the year 2016 are as follows
• Increased quantity of locally produced seeds, 54 tons in 2016
• Improved technical assistance to peasants, by hiring new technicians additional 200 peasants are trained
• Expanded irrigation systems by 1.299 hectares in 2015 to 1.373 hectares in 2016
• Increased number of demo-plots on Technology transfer at least 300 demo plots by end of 2016
• 8% of all peasants have access to agricultural inputs in 2016
• The coverage of animal vaccination is 77% in the year 2016.
The Austrian contribution targets 56.373 peasants organized into 424 associations, 718 groups and 206 field schools (“machamba” of peasant) as well as 32.794 peasants dispersed in the province and covered by the extension network. In total 445.835 people in Sofala Province will benefit.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security with its Provincial Directorate of Agriculture and Food Security of Sofala Province are responsible for the implementing, steering and the proper use of the Austrian contribution.
The ADC contribution will support the efforts to ensure food and nutritional security in Sofala Province and is therefore concentrated in the following priority areas:
- irrigation (promote improved technologies for agricultural production)
- local seed production (promotion and supply of certified seeds and vegetative material for production)
- production of vegetables and post-harvest conservation (promote increased household productivity and integration in local markets)
- transfer of technology (training of technicians and producers in production of seeds, conservation agriculture and management of irrigation systems).
The Sofala Province has a total surface area of 68.018 km2 and a population of 2,099.152. The potential of agricultural and livestock farming in Sofala is 3.304.900 hectares arable land and 3.270.000 hectares occupied by forests, 1.675.900 hectares for pastures and 408.654 hectares are available for the main crops such as maize, sorghum, rice, per millet, pineapple, cotton, and cashew nuts.
For the reporting year 2015/16, agrarian production amounted to 2.376.144 tons of various products, within an area of 807.261 hectares, which corresponds to a growth of 10% of production when compared to the previous season. The El Nino effects (drought) are reflected in a reduction of production of for example maize by 40% and rice by 50%.
The preparation of the annual plan and budget of the Provincial Directorate of Agriculture and Food Security of Sofala, takes into account the objectives of the agricultural sector in the guiding documents, such as the Strategic Plan for Development of the Province (2010-2020), the Five-Years’ Plan of the Government (2015 - 2019), the Strategic Plan for the Development of the Agricultural Sector (2011-2020) and the National Investment Plan in the Agricultural Sector (2013-17) prioritizing the activities that essentially contribute to the increase of household income as well as for the economic growth in Sofala Province.