Angola has an 800 thousand ton shortfall of grain

30 August 2006

Luanda, Angola, 30 Aug – Angola needs to increase its farm production so that it can cover its current shortfall of over 800 thousand tons of grain, said João Baptista Kussumua, the minister of assistance and social integration, during a visit to the province of Bié.

The Angolan government is getting help from former soldiers to relaunch its farming activities via the distribution of plots of land for cultivation and farming tools.

As part of a national program to encourage increased production and price stability, the National Grain Institute (Incer) is going to invest 90 million kwanzas (US$ 1.01 million) by the end of the year on three thousand tons of grain to be put on reserve.

The silo construction program launched in March and May of this year in the provinces of Huíla and Huambo are long term and will be extended to the provinces of Bié, Benguela, Malanje and Kwanza-Sul, in 2007. (macauhub)