Programme to boost coffee production underway in Kwanza Sul, Angola

30 September 2010

Luanda, Angola, 30 Sept – The Programme to Boost Agriculture in Amboim, carried out in an area of 10,000 hectares of Kwanza Sul province, is expected to make it possible to harvest 5,000 tons of coffee in 2012, the ProAgro advisor said in Luanda Wednesday.

This programme, which is sponsored by US federal development organisation USAID and by oil company Chevron (Programme for Financial and Agricultural Development), aims to increase access to financial services by farmers and agricultural companies, improve production and productivity of some crops, improve crop processing practices as well as commercial sales strategies.

The ProAgro advisor, Roque Gonçalves, told Angolan news agency Angop that the programme developed in partnership with the Cooperative League of the United States of America (Clusa), with the technical assistance of ProAgro, since 200 has involved at least 15,000 rural families.

The project is an example of a public-private partnership between the Ministry for Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries and Clusa, with a view, amongst other things, to re-launch coffee production, the advisor said.

Roque Silva noted that Clusa, via ProAgro, had already helped Inca to train and organise the 15,000 coffee-producing families into 13 agricultural cooperatives. (macauhub)