Sumbe, Angola, 20 April – Spanish company África Sementes and Angola’s Mundo Verde are investing in the construction of a cotton processing factory in the municipality of Sumbe, in Angola’s Kwanza Sul province, according to Angolan news agency Angop.
Speaking to the agency the director general of África Sementes, Luís Cano, said that some US$12 million was being invested in the project and that assembling equipment at the factory was due to be concluded in two months.
“We are producing cotton in an area of 2,500 hectares, which will be processed in the factory and we expect other producers to also use it to transform their products into fibres,” he said.
This is the first cotton processing factory in Sumbe.
In terms of cotton production, before 1975, the province of Kwanza Sul was the second largest cotton producer in Angola, with an estimated production area of 41 hectares, in the municipalities of Sumbe, Seles, Libolo, Porto Amboim, Kilenda, Kibala, Amboim, Mussende e Conda, having reached production of 22,000 tonnes in 1973.
The last cotton season in the region occurred in 2000, from an area of 3,650 hectares, with total production of 500 tonnes. (macauhub)