Angolan government to launch a programme to boost the milk sector

3 July 2012

The Angolan government Friday in the Cela municipal area launched a programme to boost the milk sector in Angola, called “Flagship Milk Sector” Licínio Contreiras, an advisor to the Economy Minister, said Monday in Luanda.

According to Angolan news agency Angop, the programme is intended to strengthen micro, small and medium-sized companies in Angola, promote the replacement of imports, diversify the economy and transform informal activities within the economy into formal ones.

Contreiras also said that the programme would provide incentives to consuming national products and access to funding and financial and tax incentives, as well as training for businesspeople and their respective workforce.

Contreiras added that Angola spends over US$150 million each year on milk imports, and that the country consumes around 180 million litres of milk per year. Angola’s milk production is almost exclusively focused on transforming powdered milk into pasteurized milk as there are few dairy cows in the country.

“Milk production in Angola meets just 5 percent of needs in which average milk consumption per person is 2.7 litres per year,” said Contreiras whilst giving assurances that Angola would be able to produce the milk it consumes.