The inauguration of the Chokué Agri-Industrial Complex, developed with funding from China, opens up new horizons for agricultural production in Gaza province, southern Mozambique, which now has another unit for rice processing and product storage. Launched in the first half of 2013, the factory was officially opened on Monday [13 April 2015] by the President of Mozambique, Filipe Jacinto Nyusi, who sent a message of thanks to the Chinese authorities for their support for the project…Full Article: Macauhub Apr 2015

Key Points

  • The Chokué Agri-Industrial Complex (CAIC) will be able to process 60,000 MTs of rice annually in addition to being able to process tomatoes and cashews. CAIC will also have a 15,000 MTs cold storage capacity for fresh produce.
  • CAIC will be supplied in part by Wambao Agriculture, a Chinese-backed company located some 130 km (~80 miles away) in Xai-Xai district.

ChinaAg Comments

  • In 2012, Wanbao Agriculture harvested its first rice crop in Xai-Xai, but the majority of the crop was destroyed by flooding.
  • In 2011, China Wanbao Oil and Grain Co Ltd. (via its subsidiary Wanbao Africa Agriculture Development aka Wambao) was brought in to manage the rice development project in Xai-Xai.
  • In 2005, the Mozambican government solicited China to develop 12,000 ha of abandoned rice paddy land in Xai-Xai, Gaza province, southern Mozambique.

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