Negage, Angola, 13 Feb – More than 1,800 coffee plantations are currently being restored by small and large producers in Negage municipality of Uige province, the head of the local experimental substation of Angola’s National Coffee Institute (Inca) said on Friday.
Eduardo Bunga told Angolan news agency Angop that coffee growers have shown a great deal of interest in increasing cultivation areas and recovering abandoned plantations, some of which are now producing high-income crops such as maize and cassava.
To meet coffee-growers’ needs, Negage’s local experimental coffee substation is preparing greenhouses with different species for distribution to producers, he said.
Bunga also announced the creation of an agricultural school for coffee-growers to teach producers a modern technique for multiplying species in the region.
During the Portuguese colonial period the coffee crop played a major role in development of the then province of Angola.
Uige province in northern Angola has an area of 58,698 km2 and was the main producer. During the years just prior to national independence it contributed about 30 percent of the colonial administration’s budget. (macauhub)