Development of Namibe province, in Angola, to focus on sea salt production

16 April 2013

The economic and social development plan for Namibe province, in the 2013/2017 period, is focused on the salt sector, the Angolan Fishing Minister, Victória de Fátima Barros said Monday in Namibe.

The Minister told Angolan news agency Angop that the plan, by focusing on the salt sector, will allow producers access to subsidies for acquisition of equipment for sea salt production.

Barros also said that she was working with retail banks with this in mind, but added that the Ministry was also seeking a faster solution so that salt producers could access bank loans to buy equipment and materials.

Last Friday the secretary of state for Fishing, Maria Nelumba, said that Angola needed 130,000 tons of salt per year for internal consumption and that production currently varies from 35,000 to 40,000 tons per year.

After a visit to the municipal area of Baía Farta, a region in Benguela province with a great tradition of salt production, the secretary of State noted that, if investments are made, in 2017 this province could provide 70 to 80 percent of Angola’s salt needs. (macauhub)