Small farms from three Angolan provinces benefit from international support

13 September 2013

More than US$ 40 million are being applied in the Angolan provinces of Bié, Huambo and Malanje to implement the Market-Oriented Family Agriculture Project, a high official of the Agrarian Development Institute said on Thursday in Cuito.

Funds have been granted by the World Bank, the International Fund for Agricultural Development, the United Nations, the governments of Japan and Angola, and the project beneficiaries, said the deputy national administrative director of that institute, Demostres Pegado.

Pegado told Angolan news agency Angop that the Market-Oriented Family Agriculture Project began to be implemented in 2008 and should end in 2014. The aim is to support smallholding farmers.

The goal is to increase the performance of agricultural production by introducing the use of draft animals, which should increase cultivation area and improve producers’ technical capabilities, he said.

Under this project smallholding farmers receive cattle for use as draft animals, along with seeders, ploughs, fertiliser and training in management, growing techniques and respective monitoring. (macauhub)