Construction of slaughterhouse in Angola reduces import of meat

5 May 2015

The construction of an industrial slaughterhouse in southern Angola will enable the reduction of imports of meat for human consumption, said the Director General of the Cooperative of Southern Angolan Cattle Breeders (CCGSA).

Álvaro Fernandes told Angolan news agency Angop that construction of the slaughterhouse had been recently approved by the Cabinet and said that as soon as officials give the go-ahead the province in the south of Angola where it will be built will be selected.

The slaughterhouse, which will be inspected by CCGSA, will be in line with all international requirements, including slaughter, dismantling, packaging, transportation, cold and butchers to sell the product.

Huíla province already has a slaughterhouse, which is operating below capacity, as well as informal slaughter houses.

The Cooperative of Southern Angola Cattle Breeders has 64 members from the provinces of Huila, Namibe, Cunene, Benguela, Huambo and Kwanza Sul, with a estimated total of more than 25,000 heads of beef cattle.

At the end of April, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Afonso Pedro Canga, said that Angola spends US$500 million per year on importing 100,000 tons of beef.

The minister, speaking at a meeting with producers on the occasion of the 11th anniversary of the establishment of the CCGSA, said the money spent on the import of beef was quite a large sum and that the “situation must be changed urgently.” (macauhub/AO)