Japan has granted a loan of $60m to Mozambique to help rehabilitate the Nampula-Cuamba road linking the provinces of Nampula and Niassa.

The 348km road will cost an estimated $270m for repair works with funding also expected from the African Development Bank and South Korea.

The road is part of the Nacala Corridor project and once repaired, would improve transport of agricultural products between the two provinces as well as cut international transport costs from Mozambique to Malawi and Zambia.

Work is expected to begin in the fourth quarter of this year and finish in two years, according to macauhub.com.