Angola starts exporting bananas again after 42 years

23 May 2016

The Italian ship “Santa Francesca” left the port of Lobito on Sunday with a cargo of 17 tons of bananas headed for Portugal, 42 years after the last export of Angolan bananas to Europe,Angolan national radio (RNA) reported.

The head of the Fazenda Agro-Industrial Bacilin in Culango, Benguela province, Eduardo Rodrigues told RNA everything was ready so that, after inspections and quality certifications in Angola and at the destination, Angola will export its first bananas to Europe.

Angola, which once produced 160,000 tons of bananas per year, with Benguela the main focus of production, is now exporting bananas from Benguela once again, 42 years after the last shipment. (macauhub/AO/PT)