Irrigation area in Lubango, Angola, inaugurates cold storage system

29 August 2014

Sociedade de Desenvolvimento do Perímetro Irrigado das Gangelas (Sogangelas), the company that manages an irrigation area in Lubango, Angola, has inaugurated a cold storage system that it started building last March, the company’s technical director said.

Josefa da Silva told Angolan news agency Angop that the project was due to have been completed in September but that work ended sooner than expected due to the high technical capability of the contractor.

The cold storage system, covering an area of 2,450 square metres, has three rooms, cold stores and other compartments, and the technical director of Sogangelas said the possibility of preserving surplus production could lead to increased production.

The irrigation area, which was refurbished in 2005, as a dam with a capacity of 3 million cubic metres of water, which in coming years will be equipped with a hydropower facility generating 1.2 megawatts of power.

Equipped with a sprinkler system and powered by electric generators, the irrigation area also has a water trap and two channels that extend over 24 kilometres, producing about 40,000 tons of food per year.

The municipality of Chibia is located 42 kilometres south of Lubango and has an estimated population of 206,000 people. (macauhub/AO)