Luanda, Angola, 29 Sept – A professional institute for forestry training is due to be created in the Lucala municipality of Angola’s Kwanza Norte province, to provide scientific support to projects and programmes to protect and promote appropriate use of Angola’s forests, Angola’s Agriculture, Rural Development and Fishing minister said in Angola Wednesday.
Minister Pedro Canga did not give details of the date on which the institute would start operating, but said that courses were underway in Forestry Engineering at the Agronomy Faculty of José Eduardo dos Santos University (UJES) in Huambo province.
The minister, who was speaking at the opening of the “Technical and Scientific Days on Forests and Food Safety in Angola,” promoted by his ministry, said that in terms of training, a mid-level Forestry course was also underway at the Middle Agriculture Institute in Kwanza Norte.
Canga noted that the contribution of forests in meeting the country’s Millennium Development Goals was unquestionable, particularly in terms of food and nutritional safety and sovereignty and a significant reduction of poverty.
“Forests, in all their variety of forms, provide decisive services to Man’s survival, such as providing nutrients and soil preservation, pasture for cattle, carbon fixation, reducing the effects of climate change (…) and water quality,” he said. (macauhub)