Angola invests US$81 million in rice production in Cunene province

10 December 2014

Rice production in the municipality of Ombadja, in Angola’s Cunene province is already at the experimental stage, in an area of 2,000 hectares, said Tuesday in Ondjiva the provincial director for Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries.

Dinis Pacavira said that the pilot project was intended primarily to evaluate soil adaptation to the rice crop, which is expected eventually to occupy an area of 5,000 hectares of arable land.

The project, with an estimated cost of US$81 million, includes storage silos and a rice processing plant, including the processes of shelling, cleaning and bleaching.

This project has the support of Gesterra – Management of Arable Lands, a public company established in March 2004 to produce and ensure access to nationally grown food at competitive prices and to promote the rural and agro-industrial development of Angola. (macauhub/AO)