Luanda, Angola, 12 June – The re-launch of cotton production in Angola is due to take place in Kwanza Sul province in 2009, at a cost of US$40 million, US$32 million of which will be funded by the credit line from South Korea and the remaining eight million from the central government, according to newspaper Jornal de Angola.
The deputy minister for Agriculture and Rural Development, Dario Katata announced on a visit to the location that the deadline for building the main support and irrigation facilities was March of next year and, by 2010, the cotton complex would be able to produce its first crop.
Accoridng to Katata, the ministry has been developing the project for aroudn two years, with aview to modernising irrigated cotton cropping, as the selected afreas are close to the Kuvo river.
At the moment a study to implement a cotton processing factory in the same location is at an advanced stage.
The development will be implemented in the former Kapango military centre and in Kipela, in Kwanza Sul province. (macauhub)