China CAMC Engineering Co.(CAMCE) is carrying out the Longo agro-industrial project in Angola’s Kuando Kubango province, which aims initially to produce 15,000 tons of rice per year, the Angolan press reported.
The project, which is estimated to cost 7.66 billion kwanzas (US$61.5 million), is being carried out as part of an agreement signed in 2010 with the Ministry for Agriculture and Rural Development and is funded by a credit line from the China Development Bank.
The project, which has created 800 direct jobs, will produce almost 15,000 tons of rice a year. This amount may be tripled as new fields are worked in the Longa and Masseca region, in the Kuito Kuanavale.
As well as large scale rice production, the Longa agro-industrial project also involves construction in the same location of a centre for training local rural workers in agro-livestock techniques, as well as building a weather station, services to supply mechanised agricultural methods and other services for the workers and the population in surrounding areas. (macauhub)