Angola: Agriculture Ministry plans to eliminate food deficit over next four years

2 January 2009

Luanda, Angola, 2 Jan – The Medium and Long-term Development Programme for the 2008-2012 period of the Angolan Agriculture and Rural Development Ministry (Minader) includes production of an extra 15 million tonnes of grains, in order to eliminate the country’s food deficit, which stands at around 600,000 tonnes.

O director nacional da Agricultura, Pecuária e Florestas, Domingos Nazaré Veloso, afirmou que o actual défice de alimentos, em particular o de milho e trigo, têm sido superados através das importações.

Domingos Nazaré Veloso noted that in order to develop production, a process of animal repopulation was being implemented by importing animals from Brazil and acquiring cattle in Southern Angola to re-populate the country’s northern regions.

The Capanda agri-industrial hub is also one of the impact projects for 2009, which according to Veloso will be expanded with a view to creating facilities to support production in several regions, using public resources.

In terms of the agri-livestock sector, an area which he said was important for the country’s development, Veloso noted that projects were underway to set up livestock development and agri-industrial hubs.(macauhub)