Areas under cultivation in Angola are expected to increase to 9 million hectares in 2014, which will allow for production of around 15 million tons of cereal, said the National Director for Agriculture and Rural Development.
Adelino Luís Rodrigues told Angolan news agency Angop that the increase in land under cultivation, from a total 35 million hectares of arable land in Angola, was intended for the country to achieve self-sufficiency of legumes (beans, peanuts and soy) with production of around 1.8 million tons, allowing the country to generate a surplus of 800,000 tons.
As part of the agricultural campaign currently underway, the Ministry for Agriculture and Rural Development also plans to reach self-sufficiency in terms of root vegetables such as cassava, sweet potatoes and potatoes, with production of between 4 and 5 million tons per year.
The government’s programme until 2017 also includes 70 percent coverage of chicken consumption and 50 percent for goat and sheep meat, along with reducing milk imports by 20 percent and expansion of consumption through domestic production.
The programme also includes 60 percent coverage of domestic sugar requirements, as well as production of around 400,000 cubic metres of wood. (macauhub)