Angola: China plans to help Angola to produce rice

21 August 2008

Luanda, Angola, 21 Aug – Angolan cooperation with China in the agricultural sector, particularly rice production, was a topic discussed Wednesday in Luanda at a meeting of Angolan prime minister, Fernando da Piedade Dias dos Santos, and the Chinese ambassador to Angola, Zhang Bolun.

According to Angolan news agency Angop, Bolun said that the meeting had served to say that China was studying ways of supporting Angola in rice production and ensuring the country’s self-sufficiency in terms of food production.

In the colonial period, Angola was a rice producing country, although plantations were abandoned during the civil war.

Ambassador Zhang also said that he and the Angolan prime minister had analysed the development of projects included in the Angolan national reconstruction programme.

Angola is implementing a national reconstruction programme, funded by China, in the areas of infrastructure, transport, health, education and other sectors. (macauhub)