Angola’s 2009 coffee harvest begins Friday

19 June 2009

Luanda, Angola, 19 June – The Angolan 2009 coffee harvest will begin Friday in the Cabuta farm, located in Calulo, Libolo municipality, Kwanza Sul province, by the Agriculture minister, Afonso Pedro Canga, Angolan news agency Angop reported Thursday.

Citing a statement from the Agriculture Ministry, the agency added that the ceremony would be attended by coffee producers, association and cooperatives, technicians from the sector, the administrative authorities of Kwanza Sul, amongst other guests.

A source from the Angolan National Coffee Institute said that the country currently produces between 5,000 and 6,000 tonnes of coffee per year.

In the 1970s, before the country’s independence and subsequent civil war, Angola produced around 180,600 tonnes of commercial coffee per year.

Uíge province, which produced 99,500 tonnes in an area of 161,000 hectares, was the largest producer, followed by Kwanza Sul with an area of 120,000 hectares and 81,800 tonnes. (macauhub)