Luanda, Angola, 7 Dec – Angolan milk product company Empresa de Lacticínios de Angola (Lactiangol) in 2011 plans to set up a system on a national scale to increase the collection of milk from producers, the company’s managing director said Monday in Luanda.
Speaking to Angolan news agency Angop, José César Macedo said that it was necessary to start thinking about creating a collection system as many investments were being made in the agri-livestock sector that would make it possible to increase the amount of livestock reared and to boost milk production.
The managing director of Lactiangol said that Angolan milk production was still low in comparison to consumption, but added that, “although for 14 years there was no national milk, now there is a small amount of production.”
In 2009 the company went through serious difficulties that were partially overcome when Defense and Security bodies started to pay off their debts every so often.
However, Macedo said that “this year the company was forced to suspend supply of products to some customers due to a total lack of payment,” and that customers in Uíge province owed a total of US$2 million and those of Luanda province owed US$600,000.
However, Lactiangol hopes to end the year with turnover of more than US$20 million, as compared to US$18.9 million in 2009.
The company currently produces between 400,000 and 500,000 litres of milk per month, 200,000 set yoghurts and 800,000 liquid yoghurts per month, 48 tons of butter per month and 150,000 litres of juice per month. (macauhub)