Angolan coffee sector posts strong growth in last five years

16 January 2007

Luanda, Angola, 16 Jan – Coffee production in Angola has grown significantly over the last five years, with production increasing from 800 to 5,000 tons per year, a sector official said in Luanda.

The director-general of the supply company for the coffee sector, Procafé, Romualdo Traça Dias dos Santos, told Angolan news agency Angop that national coffee production was growing at an acceptable level, despite the difficulties still facing its development.

The lack of financial resources of large companies, which would be able to boost activity, is, according to Dias dos Santos one of the factors affecting the satisfactory growth of the sector.

According to the manager, despite current productivity not completely satisfying the aims of producers and the country’s real production capacities, the government’s contribution to the rehabilitation of areas and infrastructures supporting production offer good prospects for re-launching and increasing production, in the medium-term.

A source form the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development said that in order to achieve better coffee figures, Angola should increase production from 5,000 to 10,000 tons per year, within a few years.

Angola was the third largest producer of coffee in the world until 1973, with harvest of over 200,000 tons. (macauhub)