Poor roads affecting national coffee production

26 December 2005

Luanda, Angola, 26 Dec – Angola’s state-run coffee company, Procafé, bought some 346 metric tons of robusta coffee beans from producers across the country in 2005, but the firm’s head says that the annual crop would be significantly higher if the country’s road network was improved.

Romualdo Dias dos Santos, director-general of Procafé, told state news agency Angop Sunday that the coffee had been purchased in the provinces of Uige, South Kwanza, North Kwanza, and Bengo – all relatively near to the capital where his company is based.

Many producers in remoter areas have coffee to sell, but due to poor road conditions in many parts of Angola these crops cannot be purchased by Procafé for processing in Luanda, dos Santos added.

Procafé was set up in 1975, the year of Angola’s independence, to coordinate the purchase of coffee from producers and domestic and international marketing of the finished product. (macauhub)