Angolan government to invest in agricultural research programme

7 May 2012

The Angolan government plans to invest US$100 million in a programme of scientific research for agriculture, the minister for Agriculture, Rural Development, and Fishing, Afonso Pedro Canga said in Huíla province.

At the end of a two-day visit to the province, where he opened a number of agricultural facilities, Canga said that the project would cover the refurbishment and construction of agricultural, fishing, and veterinary research and staff training facilities.

The minister said that the funding had recently been approved by the Council of Ministers and that his ministry had already started refurbishing some facilities in Huambo, Huíla, and Cabinda and that it also planned to begin that process in other provinces.

Afonso Pedro Canga said that the aim was to reduce the costs of importing vaccines and of laboratory research carried out abroad, and so the government wants to start producing vaccines and other animal research products in the country itself.

As part of his visit to Huíla the minister opened the regional Newcastle disease vaccine production centre as well as the Gambos zoological training centre with capacity to deal with over 100,000 head of cattle. (macauhub)