Angola has 30 million hectares to cultivate

19 November 2013

Angola has a surface area of 35 million hectares, of which only 5 million hectares are currently being cultivated, the State Secretary for Agriculture, José Amaro Tati, said on Monday.

Tati stressed the need to make a major effort to increase production, recalling the central government’s long term programme to reduce shortfalls of some products, reports the Angolan news agency Angop.

The programme runs until 2025 and aims to ensure coverage 7 percent of poultry needs and 50 percent of goat and cattle needs, while cutting milk imports by 15 percent and expanding its consumption, Tati said. Another target is total coverage of sugar consumption.

In comments to Italian entrepreneurs, Tati mentioned the government’s financial effort to restore cotton processing capacity so that fabric “Made in Angola” can eventually be produced, consequently reducing imports. (macauhub)