Angola invests US$40 million in National Aquaculture College

4 August 2009

Malanje, Angola, 4 Aug – The Angolan Fisheries Ministry is to invest at least US$40 million between 2010 and 2012 in the construction of a National Aquaculture College in the town of Kalandula, in Malanje province, said Fisheries minister Salomão Xirimbimbi Sunday.

When the construction work project for the college, which will train basic and medium level technicians, was being launched, the minister said that the choice of this town for the college was the result of studies by both Angolan and overseas experts.

The study, which included various locations throughout the country with potential for traditional fishing, extended to, among others, Huambo, Bié, Uíge, Cabinda, Zaire, Namibe, Quanza Sul and Quanza Norte provinces.

The three-storey building will be built over an area of 300 square metres and will include nine classrooms, workshops, amphitheatres, sports fields and two laboratories.

As part of the project, it is expected that the first fish will start being farmed at the end of 2010.

The college will supply future students for the Fisheries Academy to be built in Namibe province, with a capacity for 900 students, 600 of whom will be resident and 300 non-resident.

Located in downtown Kalandula, the land for the construction of the National Aquaculture College is surrounded by the river Lucala which is a tributary of the river Quanza, the biggest in the country. (macauhub)