Angola has a 3 million-ton grain deficit

26 February 2014

Angola’s grain deficit is estimated to total 3 million tons and the country’s current production is 1.5 million tons, the director-general of the National Grains Institute (Incer), Benjamim Castello said Tuesday in Luanda.

Speaking to Angolan news agency Angop, Castello said that current production did not fulfil even 40 percent of the country’s needs, but that this may rise to 90 percent within three years based on figures included in the 2013-2017 National Development Plan.

“According to the plan Angola will be producing 3.52 million tons of grain in 2017,” Castello said.

The director-general of Incer noted that even if its imports the grain that is lacking – 3 million tons – Angola would still not have enough of a supply given the constraints on imports and distribution.

“If we want to be self-sufficient in egg and meat production we have to invest in grain production as poultry and cattle feed is 80 percent cereal,” said Castello, who said it was necessary to look agriculture as a matter of national security. (macauhub)