Angola: Brazilian technician recommends investment in technology to guarantee quality of milk

16 January 2008

Luanda, Angola, 16 Jan – The director of the Milk Cattle unit of Brazilian farming research company Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuária (Embrapa) Friday in Luanda recommended that the Angolan authorities invest in technology in order to guarantee the quality of milk.

Speaking to Angolan news agency Angop, Paulo Martins said that Angola had favorable natural conditions to produce enormous quantities of milk for export and no longer be an importer, as long as it focused on introducing technologies and researching the milk production system.

He told Angop that his unit was available to transfer technology to Angola which is adapted to the reality of traditional milk producers, in order to ensure greater levels of hygiene in the handling of cows and better quality milk.

Martins also said that Embrapa had decided to invest in training Angolan staff in Brazil in order to make it possible to create new technologies capable of providing income from milk production in the country.

Martins, who observed the state and working conditions of some zootechnical stations of the Institute for Veterinary Research (IIV), noted that the institute’s facilities were good but needed farms with more open spaces, appropriate for the hot climate of tropical countries such as Angola and Brazil.

The visit by Empraba officials is part of the bilateral cooperation agreement between Angola and Brazil in the area of research and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development’s strategy to search for partnerships, in order to re-launch Angolan milk production.

Angola is the second-largest importer of milk from Brazil after Venezuela. Brazil is the world’s fourth largest producer of milk with 26 billion liters per year, behind the US with 80 billion liters, India (38.5 billion) and Russia (30.6 billion). (macauhub)