The number people in Angola working in the agricultural sector currently stands at 2.4 million, said the minister of Agriculture, Afonso Pedro Kanga, at a meeting held in Luanda, according to state newspaper Jornal de Angola.
The minister, during a press conference of the Office for Revitalisation of Communication and Institutional Marketing Management (Grecima), said the agricultural sector has had positive growth and over the last six years has created 240,000 new jobs.
Saying that the difficult time the country is experiencing should not affect food security and the purposes of diversification of the economy, Kanga said it was necessary “to produce to reduce hunger and poverty but also for export, and strategic cooperation with China and institutional and business cooperation with Italy and Portugal are central for Angola’s challenges.”
“The government has always considered agriculture a sector that can quickly provide positive results to reduce imports and increase the supply of goods, mainly food but also create jobs,” he said.
Kanga called for encouragement of private agricultural projects and for help to small producers to shift production to the market, as agriculture has the beneficial effect of creating social stability. (macauhub/AO)