Portuguese technical mission supports agricultural sector in Guinea-Bissau

10 February 2015

A technical mission of the Lusophone Chamber of Agriculture (CAL) is due to visit Guinea-Bissau before the end of February to support the agricultural sector in the country, the outgoing president of the National Association of Guinean Farmers (ANAG) said Monday in Bissau.

Mama Embaló, who is also a member of parliament, last week ended his term of office and his last official act was to sign a three-way memorandum between the CAL, the government and ANAG, and the visit by the technical mission will be the first step in implementing the memorandum.

The government of Guinea-Bissau will provide land on which the CAL will build cold stores, preferably in areas near the commercial port for selling agricultural products to the international market, Embaló told Portuguese news agency Lusa.

A first CAL mission was in Bissau in January and visited some cashew mills and processing units built with Libyan funds, outside the Guinean capital, but that never started operating.

“CAL could come to work in these factories and in others yet to be built,” said the outgoing president of ANAG, noting that the organisation intended to help reverse the trend of selling raw cashew nuts produced in the country to India.

Guinea-Bissau, according to the Government, produces about 200 tons of cashew nuts per year, of which it exports an average of about 150 tons.

The Lusophone Chamber of Agriculture is a nonprofit business association that serves as a platform for organisations and companies to establish partnerships with the aim of promoting internationalisation, innovation and entrepreneurship. (macauhub/GW/PT)