Agricultural cooperatives and individual producers of some municipalities of Angola’s Huambo province in early January received more than 50,000 Arabica coffee seedlings in order to boost production, said a municipal official of the local Agrarian Development Station (EDA).
During the delivery of 6,000 seedlings in the municipality of Katchiungo, Joaquim Pinto Afonso told Angolan news agency Angop they had been distributed by the provincial department of the National Coffee Institute of Angola (INCA).
The municipal head of the EDA also said that farmers, both in cooperatives and individuals, will attend workshops where technicians will teach ways to cultivate the seedlings as well as the process of tending and preserving the plants.
This kind of coffee is usually grown at high altitude and the plants are spaced two metres apart, as it is necessary to leave a gap for pest management and weeding.
The head of the INCA provincial department in Huambo, Horacio Melo, confirmed that the board has a programme to supply more than 50,000 coffee seedlings in the province, and a satisfactory result from this move is expected within five to six years.
“The plants are being offered to producers rather than being sold, because our purpose is to increase the planting and production levels, as what we want is for every family farmer to have the equivalent of at least one hectare,” Melo said. (macauhub)