Rice production in Angola’s Kuando Kubango province funded by credit line from China

5 June 2014

Three new agro-industrial rice production projects may be launched by 2017 in Angola’s Kuando Kubango province, provincial governor, Higino Carneiro said Tuesday.

The governor was speaking at the inauguration of the Long Agro-Industrial Farm, in Kuito Kuanavale municipality, a project costing US$77.6 million and which in the 2013/2014 season produced 3,700 tons of rice.

The project is funded by the Angolan government, via a credit line from the China Development Bank and is part of an agro-livestock programme to increase food production.

“By 2017 two or three projects of this kind will be set up in Kuando Kubango province,” said the governor and neighbouring province will be able to consume rice from the Longa Farm (Fazenda Longa) from now on.

The Fazenda Longa project, which is the responsibility of the Ministry for Agriculture and Rural Development and managed by the Gesterra company, currently has a crop area of 1,500 hectares and 300 employees, 30 of which are Chinese and 270 Angolans.

The chairman of Gesterra, Carlos Alberto Jaime, said that there were plans to introduce other crops such a potatoes and beans to improve soil quality between rice crops. (macauhub/AO)