Only 100,000 hectares of arable land, out of Angola’s 5 million hectares, are annually prepared using machinery and/or animal traction for sowing and harvesting agricultural products, the agriculture minister said on Thursday in Luanda.
Minister Marcos Nhunga also said that the rest of the available land is still tilled using hoes, which is worrying and reveals the low level of agricultural mechanisation in Angola.
Because of this situation, the Ministry of Agriculture held a meeting with economic agents related to commercial banking, companies in the agricultural sector, construction, telecommunications, and insurers, among others, to disseminate information on development policies in the agricultural sector and raise awareness of business opportunities and investments in the agricultural, livestock and forestry sectors.
The minister recalled that Angola has the potential to achieve high levels of agricultural production, and may in the short term start exporting products such as corn, rice, pulses, oil seeds, vegetables, tubers, tropical fruits, coffee, honey and wood and their derivatives.
“We have soils with a high agrarian potential, abundant water resources and a significant amount of the population dedicated to working in the field, but domestic production still does not meet consumption needs for many crops,” he added, quoted by Angolan news agency Angop. (macauhub)