The agricultural marketing company ECA, based in Barue district in the central Mozambican province of Manica, expects to process ten thousand tonnes of maize in the 2013/14 agricultural season.
ECA is a market based extension programme which aims to improve food security and increase farmer incomes. It has operated in Barue since 2011, and works with six peasant associations with a total membership of over 3000 maize producers. ECA processes the maize into grist which is used to produce a maize beer known as "Chibuko".
According to the company's agronomist, Moses Muchayaya, since the project began there has been a growth in both the number of producers and the level of production.
The maize is processed by a Swiss milling machine capable of producing two tonnes of grist per hour. The grist is sold to the brewer Cervejas de Mocambique (CDM).
Muchayaya explained that the enterprise poses no risk to food security and the producers have increased their income levels since the project began. In addition, the emergence of processing units ensures that surpluses do not rot in the field and thus stimulate production.
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