About 90 percent of local food consumed in Angola is produced by a population of two million farmers, said the minister of Agriculture, Afonso Pedro Canga.
In an interview with Angolan news agency Angop, the minister acknowledged that family agriculture, practiced by rural families, plays a very important role in food production of grains such as maize, rice, sorghum, millet and soybeans, tubers, pulses and vegetables.
Considering the contribution this group of producers makes it benefits from much of the annual budget allocated to the Ministry of Agriculture, through agricultural equipment and inputs, technical assistance and mechanised land preparation.
“A good percentage of the sector’s budget is received by family-based farmers, as well as projects financed with loans that the government has secured with the World Bank, International Fund for Agricultural Development and the African Development Bank,” he said.
Saying that family-based farming is at the forefront of the Ministry of Agriculture’s priorities, Canga noted the implementation in the provinces of Malanje, Bie and Huambo of a family farming programme focused on the market, which has benefited 50,000 families. (macauhub/AO)