Sumbe, Angola, 9 Nov – Angolan company África Sementes plans to set up a cooking oil factory in Kwanza Sul province, making oil from cotton seeds, according to state newspaper Jornal de Angola.
Juán Cano, the company’s Spanish shareholder, said during the launch of a cotton processing factory in Sumbe, that the project “will contribute to reduce imports of this product by over 30 percent and give the country greater food autonomy.”
“We have set up this factory with capacity to process 15,000 tons of cotton per year, the seeds of which will be used to make cooking oil,” he said.
In the short term the two factories (cotton processing and cooking oil) will require over 15,000 hectares of cotton crops.
África Sementes is a privately-owned Angolan company, which is the result of a consortium between Spanish company Euro Semilles and Angola’s Mundo Verde.
Before Independence, in 1975, the province of Kwanza Sul was the second largest cotton producer in Angola, with an estimated production area of 41,000 hectares, having reached production of 21,800 tonnes in 1973.
The last cotton season in the region occurred in 1999/2000, from an area of 3,650 hectares, with total production of 500 tonnes. (macauhub)