Angola currently spends US$500 million to import 100,000 tons of beef, a situation that the government intends to change, said Saturday in Lubango the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development.
Minister Afonso Pedro Canga, speaking at a meeting with producers on the occasion of the 11th anniversary of the establishment of the Cooperative of Southern Angola Cattle Breeders (CCGSA), said that the money spent on imports was a very large sum, “a situation that should be changed urgently.”
To solve the problem, the minister said that some resolutions were adopted during the 4th joint meeting of the Economic Commission and the Commission for the Real Economy of the Council of Ministers.
He said the approved project aims to increase domestic production of quality beef in order to meet the growing needs of the population, starting with support to farmers and agricultural and livestock business-owners who have properly structured farms and are able to supply animals to slaughterhouses.
The project will be implemented through a credit line granted by selected banks following proposals submitted by farmers who, to this end, will have to employ at least two livestock technicians.
The Cattle Breeders Cooperative of Southern Angola (CCGSA) currently has 64 members, throughout the provinces of Huíla, Namibe, Cunene, Benguela, Huambo and Kwanza Sul. (macauhub/AO)