Angolan mill will reduce imports of wheat flour

25 May 2017

Angolan milling unit Grandes Moagens de Angola (GMA), to be inaugurated on Friday, 26 May, has the capacity to supply 60% of the wheat flour imported by Angola in 2016, estimated at 500,000 tonnes, said the Minister of Industry, Bernarda da Silva.

In a statement issued in Luanda, the GMA reported that the mill, built at the Multiterminais terminal in the port of Luanda, has the capacity to transform 1,200 tonnes of wheat daily into 930 tonnes of wheat flour and 260 tonnes of bran per day and to package it.

The company will import the raw material from France, Germany, Canada, USA, Kazakhstan and Australia, among other countries, given that wheat production in Angola is still residual.

The Angolan company has already received the first shipment of wheat in bulk to be processed, and the statement added that the plant has the capacity to produce flours of different varieties according to the needs of the local market.

Angola spent about US$570 million in wheat flour imports in 2014 and 2015, or US$250 million for 470,000 tonnes in 2014 and US$320 million for 510,000 tonnes in 2015, according to data released by the National Council of Carriers.

The consortium that set up GMA, which involved Portuguese company Afaplan in the management of the construction project, represents a private investment of more than US$100 million, according to the agreement with the Angolan State approved by the Council of Ministers in 2015. (macauhub)