Angola starts exporting mangoes to Portugal

13 January 2017

A ship moored at the port of Namibe, southern Angola, within the next few days will travel to Portugal carrying a shipment of 35.7 tonnes of mangoes produced at a farm in the municipality of Baía Farta, in Benguela province, said farmer Victorino Marques.

The farmer told Angolan news agency Angop that exports of the fruit to the Portuguese market is the result of a partnership with a Portuguese company linked to international trade in horticultural products.

The farm covers an area of ​​92 hectares and has a production of between 1,500 and 1,600 tons, said Marques, adding the project had started in 2010 and currently has 18 varieties of mango.

“In 2010 we planted 18,000 mango seedlings, in the second year we had the first harvest on a small scale and, from the third year, the target was the domestic market,” the farmer explained that the shipment heading for Portugal is a surplus of production.

In May 2016 Angola began exporting bananas to Portugal, a process that began with shipping fruit produced on the Bacelinho Agro-Industrial unit, located in Lobito. (macauhub)