Notes to broadcasters
In the last decade, pigeon pea production has grown remarkably in Mozambique, and has become one of the main cash and export crops. Pigeon pea is mainly grown in the province of Zambézia, where production multiplied by a factor of seven between 2002 and 2012. The districts of Milange, Mocuba, and Morrumbala grow most of the pigeon peas. The crop is also produced in other northern and central provinces of Mozambique.
In 2016, India agreed to import 125,000 tons of pigeon pea in 2017-18, gradually increasing to 200,000 tons by 2020-21. In response, the national government intensified the promotion of pigeon pea production.
Pigeon peas are rich in protein and minerals such as calcium, phosphate, magnesium, and sulfur.
In this script, we interview Mr. Rufino Bila from the Mozambican Cereal Institute (ICM), and we speak with two farmers. We learn that producing and marketing pigeon pea in Mozambique has had several successes, as well as many challenges.
If you want to produce a program on pigeon pea, you may wish to draw inspiration from this text. If you choose to present this radio script as part of your farming program, you can use voice actors to represent the people interviewed for this script. In this case, please tell your audience at the very beginning of the program that the voices are those of actors and not of the actual participants.
If you want to air programs on a similar topic, talk to farmers who grow pigeon pea, as well as traders, processors, exporters, pigeon pea experts, and others in the pigeon pea value chain.
You may wish to ask them the following questions, among others:
- Is pigeon pea a suitable crop for this area?
- What are the major challenges with growing and marketing pigeon pea? What solutions
have been proposed for these challenges?
- Do you recommend that farmers, traders, and processors invest in pigeon pea production, trading, and processing, respectively?
- What are the opportunities for women to be involved in the pigeon pea value chain?
Estimated duration with music, intro and extro, is 15-20 minutes.
Mr. Rufino Bila, in 2015, Mozambique stood in fifth position globally in terms of production, and third place in global exportation of pigeon pea. Currently, how is production and where is it being developed?
The main idea is to transmit information to small producers about the current situation of pigeon peas before and at the time of marketing. We also raise awareness of good agricultural practices and publicize competitive markets, so that small farmers obtaining a reward for their agricultural work. We help small producers make marketing decisions.
(PAUSE) We will now speak with Mr. Nelito Viriato, a pigeon pea farmer in the province of Manica in central Mozambique. We will talk to him about the kind of problems he faces when trying to market pigeon peas.
Finally, we spoke with Mrs. Laura Simbi, a farmer from Sofala province who also cultivates pigeon pea. She shared her experiences producing and marketing pigeon peas.
I agree with the comments from Mr. Nelito and Ms. Laura. More needs to be shared about the benefits of pigeon pea and domestic processing to improve the nutritional situation.
ICM is responsible for creating a system that helps farmers to find markets, has not yet had a direct intervention with farmers to help them better market their products.
Dear listeners, thank you for your attention, until the next edition.
Contributed by: Felix Mambucho, script writer, Maputo City, Mozambique.
Reviewed by: Jakob Hermann, Advisor in the project, Green Innovation Centre in the Agricultural and Food Sector, Mozambique (GIAE Moz), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.
Rufino Bila, April and May, 2021
Nelito Viariato, April 2021
Laura Simbi, April 2021