Government of Angola calls for cattle production to replace imports

22 February 2016

The Minister of Agriculture of Angola Saturday invited the private sector to engage in the production of animals for slaughter in order to make the country stop spending large amounts of foreign currency on importing meat for human consumption.

Afonso Pedro Canga made the call in Menongue, as part of the launch, in the municipality of Cuchi,of the 40 Fazendas (40 Farms) farming project, a government initiative in partnership with Brazilian group Costa Negocios, by setting up Bovinos do Sudeste de Angola (BSA).

Canga recognised that the launch of 40 Fazendas, to which another 10 were addded Saturday at the request of local entrepreneurs, would provide the population with employment and the country with beef, which is currently imported in large quantities.

Each farm of the initial 40 will have close to 5000 hectares, and in the long term will have 200,000 head of cattle, according to Angolan news agency Angop.

The Brazilian ambassador to Angola, Norton de Andrade Mello Rapesta, who attended the ceremony, said Angola could “become a new agricultural frontier for Brazil,” given the investment that businessmen from his country are making in agriculture and livestock in Angola. (macauhub/AO/BR)