Angola is lacking a competitive forestry industry

16 November 2009

Luanda, Angola, 16 Nov – The Angolan deputy minister of Agriculture for Forest Resources, André de Jesus Moda said Saturday in Luanda that there was a lack of a competitive forestry industry due to de-capitalisation of the business sector and the obsolete state of equipment.

On speaking at the official opening of the training seminar for mobile saw operators, Moda said that a lack of qualified staff and the high cost of equipment for exploration and transformation of wood in Angola were further obstacles to appropriate functioning of the forestry industry.

“These circumstances mean that our country does not currently have a competitive forestry industry. The few that there are, are generally unable to produce enough to meet the high demand of the domestic market,” he said.

The obstacles to developing this area of Agriculture, he added, made the price of the product and its derivates exorbitant, when compared to those of other countries with less forestry potential.

With an approximate area of 153 million hectares, Angola’s forests can produce, in a sustained manner, at least 160 million cubic metres of wood and logs per year, from natural forests and 850,000 cubic metres of wood, from plantations, he said.

Despite this potential, Moda noted that the obstacle were factors that held back the use of forestry resources.

Speaking at the public presentation of mobile saws from Germany, Moda said that the Angolan government planned to set up or recover in the country’s 18 provinces, large, medium and small industries to explore and transform wood.

The mobile saws acquired from Germany at a unit price of 45,000 euros are able to process 8 cubic metres of wood per day and are part of the Project to Boost Forestry Exploration and Semi-Transformation in Rural Areas. (macauhub)