Majority of Mozambique farms ‘small’

2011-05-20 10:52
Maputo - The majority of Mozambique's farm land is held by "small" operations, according to an annual Agricultural and Livestock Survey, Agncia de Informao de Moambique (AIM) reported on Thursday.

The survey found that 99.6% of farms cover 10 hectares or less, occupying 96.4% of the country's total farmland.

Three quarters of the households of the country live on these small farms, and over a quarter of these are headed by women, the survey found.

The primary food crops were maize and cassava, however,  less than a fifth of farms grew cash crops.

Cattle were found on just over 5% of farms.

Agricultural techniques were found to be largely rudimentary, with only 1.6% of farms having tractors and just under four percent making use of fertilisers.

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