Angolan government launches programme to purchase agricultural products directly

23 October 2013

A programme to buy agricultural products in Angola directly from producers is due to begin on 5 November when logistics centres are due to start operating in the provinces of Luanda, Huambo, Bié, Kwanza Sul and Benguela, Angola’s Trade Minister said Monday.

According to Angolan news agency Angop, on Monday the minister travelled to Huambo province to check on the progress of the programme to identify the main areas to collect agricultural products in order to transport them to consumer markets.

Rural markets and mobile branches of the Banco de Poupança e Crédito bank will be set up at each logistics centre, where rural workers will sell their products and receive payment directly without any middlemen involved.

Rosa Pacavira said that the programme was intended to combat rural poverty, increase agricultural production and family income as well as to develop the agricultural sector, which is considered key to economic growth in Angola.

The minister announced that the Trade Ministry had plans next year to provide trucks to rural associations and cooperatives to transport their products to the main consumer markets. (macauhub)