Angola: Angolan and Brazilian cooperatives want to start producing fertiliser

20 May 2008

Luanda, Angola, 20 May – Cooperative associations from Angola and Brazil said Monday in Luanda they planned to set up, within a year, an industrial complex for organic fertiliser production in Angola.

The intention was stated during a meeting between the board of Angolan farming cooperative association Unaca – Confederação das Associações de Camponeses e Cooperativas Agro Pecuárias de Angola headed by its president, Paulo Uime, and a delegation from the Organisation of Brazilian Cooperatives (OCB), headed by the organisation’s vice president, Roberto Coelho da Silva.

Roberto Coelho da Silva said that an alliance in the fertiliser sector between the two organisations would be the main strategic partnership that cooperativism could offer, because fertilisers are the basis of sustainability for producers’ business.

In terms of costs, he said that producers spent an average of 80 percent of total production cost on fertiliser. “Based on this partnership we want farmers to reverse this scenario and produce under more appropriate conditions,” he explained.

Uime also said that the greatest phosphorus potential in Angola was located in the provinces of Zaire and Cabinda.

In order for this intention to be carried through, teh president of Unaca said that his organisation would request technical and financial support from the government authorities.

The Brazilian delegation from the OCB has been in Angola since Sunday and is due to stay until Saturday to consolidate bilateral relations resulting from the Technical Cooperation Agreement signed between the two organisations on 24 April, 2007, in Brazil. (macauhub)