Luanda, Angola, 24 April – The Angolan government and South Korean company Hanil Engineering and Construction are set to invest some US$40 million in a programme to re-launch cotton production in the Angolan proivince of Kwanza Sul, according to newspaper Jornal de Angola.
The programme, which focuses on the áreas of Ngangula and Kipela, in the municipal area of Sumbe is expecetd to be concluded in 2009 and will initially consist of building facilities for the irrigation system including two pumping stations and three tanks.
The project’s coordinator, Abel Bala Kinzeca, said that after these facilities have been built and the results of testing the materials used have been carried out, a factory will be installed for ginning the cotton.
After Malanje and Benguela, Kwanza Sul province was the most productive cotton growing province in Angola before the country’s independence in 1975.
The Kwanza Sul region saw its biggest harvest in 1973 and it involved the municipal areas of Sumbe, Porto Amboim and Seles. (macauhub)