Mozambique – Muchena

Muchena_MapNestled in lush undulating grasslands covering the Mopani forest floor, lies the town Muchena.  Water is in abundance and the rain gauge knows no lack with an average rainfall of 900-1100mm per year. While it is searing hot during summers – perfect conditions for malaria being a high risk, yet with an absence of Tsetse flies – winters are fair.

As the temperatures in summer, poverty is also soaring. Food is scarce and people are not always sure what the next meal will be. Fathers and husbands are away from home for long periods of time looking for work. Girls are given in marriage at the age of fourteen just so some income can be generated by such arrangements. Because of a lack of fathers due to the civil war, you will find large families with children that have no hope. HIV and related diseases are rampant.

FarmforAfrica is running a great new cattle-owning initiative in Mozambique. Together with private entities we offer an opportunity for all those that have always wanted to assist in Africa in some way, but simply don’t know where and with what to get involved with. Besides the desire to lend a hand, many would first want to know how sustainable their efforts would be. This project is combining commercial agriculture and local community development into an economically sustainable venture.

OBJECTIVES

  1. Train and develop local commercial cattle farmers.
  2. Educate local people in the principles of nature conservation and grazing management.
  3. The breeding of quality female stock by means of improved genetics, which would then be made available to local and national cattle farmers.
  4. Supply quality beef to local markets and encourage local production.
  5. Establishing a sustainable commercial cattle project.
  6. FarmForAfrica will get involved with social

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Nestled in lush undulating grasslands covering the Mopani forest floor, lies the town Muchena.  Water is in abundance and the rain gauge knows no lack with an average rainfall of 900-1100mm per year. While it is searing hot during summers – perfect conditions for malaria being a high risk, yet with an absence of Tsetse flies – winters are fair.

As the temperatures in summer, poverty is also soaring. Food is scarce and people are not always sure what the next meal will be. Fathers and husbands are away from home for long periods of time looking for work. Girls are given in marriage at the age of fourteen just so some income can be generated by such arrangements. Because of a lack of fathers due to the civil war, you will find large families with children that have no hope. HIV and related diseases are rampant.

ChristoenbeesteNowhere under the face of the earth has bigger deposits of coal been discovered than in Tete (‘reed’), Mozambique. Besides for the Benga Coal project involving resources of 4.0 billion tonnes and a coal reserve of 502 million tons that have been identified in the Tete district, the Moatize and Mucanha-Vuzi basins is said to contain coal reserves estimated at 750 Mt, although it harbours approximately 3600 Mt in a severely block faulted basin. Adjacent to the Benga Coal project, another coal resource called the Zambesi Project has an identified coal supply of 9 billion tonnes.

Tete lies magnetised between the most southern parts of Malawi and North-East Zimbabwe and is the capital city of Tete province in Mozambique. A 1 km long suspension bridge finished by the Portuguese in 1973 spans the Zambesi River at Tete. Since 1986 the population has more than doubled to a known population of 155 870 in 2008. Many more people up to date have made Tete their destination of interest because of the employment opportunities becoming available through the mining industry.

Muchena has been the town that embraced the idea of a trial herd and we now understand the environment with all its challenges. The few local cattle have been incorporated into the herd with excellent results. We have now identified the correct combination of breed best suitable for this area.

Despite the remoteness, the bio-security of the project surpassed our expectations. It enjoys the support of the local people, the chiefs as well as on governor level!

The project i2calviess doing well with an ever increasing influence in the local community. Currently we have 10 000 hectares to our disposal, with just under 2000 hectares currently used under a high density grazing program.

The small abattoir, cooling and packaging facilities came into production in May2015.