Rome, Italy, 18 Dec – Angola will need at least 762,000 tonnes of various grain in 2009 to meet the needs of food consumers, the director general of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said Wednesday in Rome.
Jacques Diouf gave the figure in an interview with Angolan news agency Angop, which covered the effects of the world financial crisis on agricultural production and fishing across the world and, particularly in Africa.
Angola, due to the lack of products produced locally, will need those quantities of food to be imported, according to the director general of the FAO.
The rise in fertiliser and seed prices on the world market, driven by the international financial crisis, affects the levels of agricultural production and threatens the food security of many states, he said.
“The problem that we essentially have is price of means of production, namely fertiliser and seeds,” said Diouf. (macauhub)