Mozambique: African Development Bank Prepared to Fund Phase Two of Lower Limpopo Irrigation

10 avril 2012

allAfrica.com - 8 April 2012

Maputo — The Mozambican government and the African Development Bank (ADB) are working on the final details of the contract to fund the second phase of the rehabilitation of the Lower Limpopo irrigation scheme, in the southern province of Gaza.

Budgeted at 35 million US dollars, the project should take off early in 2013, and should cover an irrigated area of about 2,000 hectares, on which the main crops to be drown will be rice and vegetables.

According to a report in the Maputo daily "Noticias", the second phase of the rehabilitation is part of an overall package of 300 million dollars of loans from the ADB to finance infrastructures such as rural roads and irrigation schemes over a three year period.

Among other major projects in this package are repairs to the Massingir dam on the Elephants River, also in Gaza, and the rehabilitation of the road from the northern port of Nacala to the city of Cuamba, in Niassa province.

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