Angola: Cereal production should reach 600,000 tons

17 February 2009

Luanda, Angola 17 Feb – Cereal production this season (2008/2009) in Angola should be 600,000 tons compared to 450,000 tons the previous season said the Director General of the Instituto Nacional de Cereais (Incer) Monday.

Speaking to Angolan news agency, Angop about the measures adopted to reduce the cereal deficit in Angola, estimated at 500,000 tons, Benjamin Alvaro Castelo said that the reduction “could not be done overnight, because despite the government outlining the main policies and making investments, the full participation of producers and commercial companies is imperative.

Benjamin Castelo said of the projects the government is carrying out in the agriculture and fisheries sector that he guaranteed that the agro-industrial sites of Malanje, Quanza Sul, as well as the irrigated areas of Caxito, Bengo Province, Gandjelas (Huila), Luena (Moxico) and Waku Kungo (Kwanza Sul) would contribute to revitalizing and increasing production (in particular of cereals), with the aim of food self-sufficiency of Angola

The director general of the Instituto Nacional de Cereais stressed that the cereal deficit affects Africa and this is the reason why the continent’s countries, together with UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) decided to join synergies to reverse the situation. (macauhub)