Portugal to support large irrigation projects in Angola

17 July 2009

Luanda, Angola, 17 July – Angolan state company Sopir adn Portuguese state company EDIA are due in September to sign a cooperation protocol in the area of construction of irrigation system in Angola, Portugal’s Agriculture Minister, Jaime Silva said Thursday in Luanda.

On Portugal Day at the 26th edition of the Luanda International Fair, the minister noted the presence of Empresa de Desenvolvimento e Infraestruturas do Alqueva (EDIA), a state company specialised in irrigation, “one of the priorities of the Angolan government” which will work with its Angolan counterpart Sociedade de Desenvolvimento de Perimetros de Angola (Sopir) to carry out joint projects.

“Edia is a state company set up to build and develop the biggest irrigation perimeter in Europe, we have already built that largest artificial lake in Europe, the Alqueva dam, and irrigated 50,000 hectares,” the Portuguese minister noted.

Speaking to Angolan news agency Angop, the chairman of Sopir, Rafael Albino said that via the protocol Angola planned to also train managers, technicians and small and medium-scale farmers to make better use of irrigated areas.

Albino added that improving that management of companies managing irrigated areas such as Caxito REgas, located in the municipality of Caxito, in Bengo province, Sogangelas (Chibia) and Sodemat (Matala), in Huíla province, were also objectives to be achieved with the signing of the protocol. (macauhub)