Coffee production expands in the province of Kwanza Sul, Angola

10 November 2015

Coffee production in Angola’s Kwanza Sul province has been increasing in recent years due to the efforts of producers who are focusing on revival of the crop, said the director of the provincial delegation of the National Coffee Institute of Angola (INCA).

Magalhães Alfredo Lourenço, who was speaking on the sidelines of a visit of the provincial governor of Kwanza Sul, Eusébio de Brito Teixeira, to the “Gravidade” farm, announced that this year forecasts point to a harvest of over 3,000 tons of commercial coffee from a crop area of 18,000 hectares.

“Within a decade and a half we intend to be producing 80,000 tons of commercial coffee per year, over an area of 120 000 hectares, similar to what happened in the 1970s,” he said.

One of the drivers of the recovery process is the “Gravidade” farm, which is implementing a coffee seedlings multiplication programme, initially providing 160,000 seedlings to rural families.

The project manager, Célia Luís, said in the long term the program would provide 3 million seedlings, adding that had been greater demand for seedlings by farmers due to new coffee growing areas.

The beginning of coffee production on a large scale in Kwanza Sul province and in the country in general dates back to the 1920s, and in the 1970s Angola was one of the world’s largest producers.

Until 1974, when the country became independent, the production of commercial coffee in Kwanza Sul province totalled 80,000 tons, from an area of 120,000 hectares. (macauhub/AO)