Institute promotes renewal of coffee plantations in Kwanza North province, Angola

20 August 2009

Ndalatando, Angola, 20 Aug – A renovation programme for coffee plantation is underway in Angola’s Kwanza Norte province, implemented by the Angolan National Coffee Institute (INCA), the institution’s manager said Wednesday in Ndalatando.

Speaking to Angolan news agency Angop, Tavares Hombo Geremias said that the programme had been underway since 2007 in partnership with the Coffee Development Fund and consists of the creation of community nurseries for the production and multiplication of plants for later distribution to the region’s coffee growers.

The project, he said, includes production, over the next three years, of 100,000 plants to renew coffee plantations in the province and added that so far over 30,000 plants had been distributed to farmers.

Technicians from the sector are also carrying out a survey of the production potential of cocoa in the province, as part of an Angolan Government project that aims to re-launch this crop in the provinces of Kwanza Norte, Uíge and Cabinda, regions where, in the colonial era, this product was grown.

He added that the programme to re-launch the cocoa crop in Angola was underway because Angola had recently joined the World Organisation of Coffee Producers, from which it hopes to attract funds for the implementation of projects in this area.

As well as being responsible for coffee policies in Angola, INCA is also in charge of cocoa and palm policy in Angola, he noted. (macauhub)