Japanese and Angolan technicians are re-launching rice production in the Angolan provinces of Huambo and Bié, and the project has begun with sowing on land provided by the Angola Agricultural Research Institute, on the outskirts of the city of Huambo, Angolan newspaper Jornal de Angola reported.
During the ceremony to launch the rice production project, Hiroshi Sato, a representative of the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA), which is funding the project, said that according to Japanese culture rice seedlings are transferred four weeks after being sown.
Before the start of the project, eight Angolan technicians travelled to Japan for a four-month period of training to specialise in rice production.
Marcos Nhunga, director of the Agrarian Development Institute, gave assurances that the project to re-launch rice production will cover the whole of Angola but that it was initially being launched in Huambo and Bié provinces.
The next step will be to train technicians from the provinces of Lunda-Sul, Moxico and Uíge, and the eight technicians that were trained in Japan will now train other candidates.
“Huambo province has great soil and climate conditions for growing rice on a large scale,” said the provincial director for Agriculture and Rural Development, Emitério Tiago, who added that other plots of land would be identified for growing rice. (macauhub)