Angola: Government focuses on development of business agriculture

12 February 2009

Luanda, Angola, 12 Feb – The Angolan Ministry of Agriculture is due in the second half of February to launch activities to develop business agriculture in order to increase national production and generate enough crops for export, a Ministry official said Tuesday in Luanda.

The director for the Studies, Planning and Statistics Office of the Ministry of Agriculture, Joaquim Duarte, told Angolan news agency Angop that the activities were part of the Angolan Executive Programme for the Agrarian Sector for 2009, which had recently been approved.

According to Duarte, the Executive Programme also includes activities to replace the productive capacity of family-based agriculture, considered to be a priority, and others to recuperate and build productive facilities (such as irrigation channels), to support the sector’s development plan.

The Executive Programme, he said, also included other activities focused on the development of the Agrarian Research sector in Angola, as well as measures to work with other sectors in order to improve commercialisation in rural areas.

Funding for these activities, Duarte said, would come from the General State Budget, as well as foreign funding, from China and other sources. (macauhub)