The Uíge Coffee Research and Experimentation Station is being restored and should resume activity this year, says the director of the provincial office of Angola’s National Coffee Institute (INCA).
Vasco Gonçalves told Angolan news agency Angop that necessary conditions included ensuring area security, terrain cleaning and the hiring of personnel, after which research and experimentation focusing on the cultivation of coffee, cacao, African oil palm and other shade plants could resume.
The Uíge station covers an area of 44,000 hectares which currently contain 13,500 coffee plants along with 7,000 seedlings in trial plots and a further 15,000 palm seedlings from the provinces of Cabinda, Kwanza Norte, Kwanza Sul and Bengo. It also has two trial fields for cocoa.
“In 2013 the Uíge coffee station supplied nearly 200,000 coffee seedlings and 8,000 African oil palm seedlings to various regional producers, with a view to re-launching production,” Gonçalves said.
Last week Angola formally requested institutional support from Brazil for coffee-related scientific research and experimentation, as well as technical assistance to conduct joint actions and studies.
Statistical figures from the International Coffee Organisation show that Angola produced 50,000 bags in 2013, up from 33,000 in 2012.
Angola was one of the world’s top coffee producers before independence from Portugal in 1975, producing 4 million bags or 240,000 tons. (macauhub)