Cabo Verde may stop importing chicken meat within two years

20 August 2015

The government of Cabo Verde (Cape Verde) plans to make it possible for the country to stop importing chicken meat and possibly pork within two years, said Wednesday in Praia the country’s Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Eva Ortet.

At the end of a visit to the Ilha Verde company in the port of Praia, accompanied by her counterpart from São Tomé and Príncipe, Teodorico Campos, the minister said that the agriculture and livestock sector in Cabo Verde was evolving in a “very positive” way due to “the efforts of the government and sector entrepreneurs.”

Ortet, who recognised the challenges in making these and other targets a reality, also called for a factory of processing chicken and other animals in order to make use of all possible by-products.

The minister, cited by Cape Verdean news agency Inforpress, also said this effort was intended to boost this sector so that soon there would be meat in sufficient quantity to supply the market and contribute to the diversification of the economy.

“Maize production for example in Paraguay and import into Cape Verde at a much lower cost than local production will enable a reduction in the price of feed and will benefit the farming sector,” noted the minister. (macauhub/CV/ST)