Brazil: Portuguese group’s subsidiary exports beef cattle to Angola

20 March 2008

Sao Paulo, Brazil, 20 March – Muguidjana Agropecuaria, a Brazilian subsidiary of Portuguese group Thanda Vatu, plans to export 6,400 breeding cattle to Angola to restock the herd decimated by the country’s civil war, the company said Wednesday in Sao Paulo.

The first shipment of 1,600 cattle will be carried out this week from the port of Sao Sebastiao on the northern coast of the State of Sao Paulo, and a further three shipments are expected in the second half of the year.

“The war practically wiped out the herds in Angola and we are helping to repopulate them.” Muguidjana director, Frederico Alberto Rosseto, told financial newspaper Valor Económico.

The cattle exported to Angola are from a farm in the city of Glicério in the interior of Sao Paulo state, a unit which is responsible for genetic improvement research of the Portuguese group.

In Angola, the cattle will be distributed to the properties that the Portuguese groups has in the provinces of Kuanza Sul and Malange.

The Portuguese group, which has been present in Brazil since 2002, has four rural properties in the states of Mato Grosso and Mato Grosso do Sul, dedicated to breeding beef cattle.

Last year, the Portuguese group exported 3,300 cattle to Angola from Brazil and has a target of exporting 50,000 cattle exported to Angola over five years. (macauhub)