Agricultural production in Angola rise 8 pct in 2011

12 January 2012

Luanda, Angola, 12 Jan – Agricultural production in Angola in 2011 posted growth of 8 percent against 2010, the Angolan Minister for Agriculture, Rural Development and Fishing, Afonso Pedro Canga announced.

Grain production totalled 1.4 million tons whilst root vegetable production rose to 16 million tons, the minister said cited by Angolan news agency Angop.

Canga also said that, in the same period, livestock production had seen a rise of 29 percent.

In terms of facilities for preserving agricultural production, Canga noted the construction, in some of the county’s province, of silos, warehouses and refrigeration units.

In terms of funding for boosting the country’s agricultural sector, the minister said that the results achieved by the agricultural credit programme were “extremely positive,” as, he added, operating banks have provided the equivalent of US$60 million to the benefit of over 34,000 rural workers. (macauhub)