Brazil’s Odebrecht to provide technical assistance to the Capanda Agri-Industrial hub in Angola

19 May 2010

Malanje, Angola, 19 May – The Capanda Agri-Industrial Hub Development Company (Sodepac) and Brazil’s Odebrecht Tuesday in Malanje, Angola signed a technical assistance agreement, according to Angolan news agency Angop.

The chairman of Sodepac, Carlos Fernandes, said that the agreement aimed to make use of the, “Brazil’s recognised experience in the area of agri-business and the priorities of Latin America in providing long term financing.”

He said that the aim of the contract was knowledge transfer in the areas of management and administration of rural projects and infrastructures.

Fernandes noted that under the terms of the contract Odebrecht undertook to be responsible for the executive direction of some of Sodepac’s services areas until such time as Angolan technicians were technically skilled enough to carry out these roles.

The agreement also outlines planning of the agri-industrial hub, defining the contours of the agricultural modules, carrying out environmental impact studies to define reserve and population settlements and drawing up engineering and engineering works projects in the irrigated and dry land farming.

Fernandes also said that cooperation with Odebrecht would also make it possible to adopt new technologies for selection of production species and varieties that were adapted to industrial processing techniques and which favoured the quality/price ratio and their competitiveness on the domestic and foreign markets.

The Capanda industrial hub is located in Malanje province. It covers an area of 411,000 hectares, of which 270,000 are for dry land farming, 18,000 hectares for irrigated perimeter, 70,000 for environmental reserves and 10,000 hectares for settlements. (macauhub)