Angola revives coffee production Amboim, Kwanza-Sul province

14 August 2013

The regional coffee harvest may be as high as 2,000 tons in 2013, the director of Angola’s National Coffee Institute (INCA), José Ferreira, said in Gabela, a town in Amboim municipality of Kwanza-Sul province, Angolan news agency Angop reports.

Rising production is the result of an experimental project to restore abandoned coffee plantations. It began in 2007 with US$8 million in funds jointly granted by the International Coffee Organisation (ICO), the Common Fund for Commodities (CFC) and the Angolan government.

The project enabled the establishment of 101 coffee producer associations, which have formed a union comprising 13 cooperatives with 4,917 members.

Coffee production in the Amboim region was an estimated 529 tons in 2007, while this year’s forecast is for 2,050 tons, the INCA director said.

Ferreira added that 324 community plant nurseries had been set up and more than 13 million coffee seedlings produced. (macauhub)