Currently Niqel has planted 4.000 hectares and the target is the development of 10,000 hectares of Jatropha within the next years. The development is completely in line with Mozambique’s Biofuel Sustainability Framework. We are committed to a food security programme, setting up of appropriate housing for employees, built schools, medical support posts and sports facilities. Some areas had no access to the outside world for three months of the year because of floods. Roads, dams and dikes have been constructed to gain access to these areas. Over the years the area became less isolated.
It is now more easy for the local people to obtain daily needs like water, food, fuel, and building materials and also have better access to services (education, health, finance), reach markets, gain income and participate in social, political and community activities.
Niqel is demonstrating a sustainable and combined approach to food, energy, and timber plantation management, serving to improve both development of the company and improvement of living standards of the local population. Within the estate a 500ha irrigated food farm and 100ha eucalyptus plantation has been developped. Products like Maize will be available for the local market. The local farmers will have access to new, better and cheaper seed varieties for their own production.