Government of Angola’s Cabinda province wants to seize under-used and abandoned farms

29 October 2013

Under-used or abandoned farms in Angola’s Cabinda province, will be transferred to the State and later offered to private companies with financial and management capacities to run them, said provincial secretary, João Macaia Tati.

Cited by Angolan news agency Angop, the secretary for agriculture, Rural Development and Fishing also said that the provincial government was working on returning the agricultural properties to State ownership.

The properties in question are coffee, cocoa and palm plantations that have been abandoned since they were resized in favour of their current owners over 20 years ago. Those owners have since proven unable to make use of the properties.

The provincial secretary for Agriculture noted that revitalising the sector included applying the provincial government’s strategy to seize the farms that are in this situation, particularly four that cover a total area of almost 1,400 hectares.

Macaia Tati said that for those farms to become productive once again the plants will have to be replaced, some of which are over 60 years old, and that thousands of new coffee plants were being imported from Brazil and Malaysia by the National Coffee Institute.

The new plants grown at nurseries in tow experimental stations, will later be distributed to producers with a view to making Cabinda province a producer of palm oil, coffee and cocoa, the provincial secretary said. (macauhub)