The Angolan government plans in the short term to withdraw the concession of land to agricultural owners who do not make use of it, said the President of the Republic, João Lourenço, in Huambo province on Wednesday.
According to the President, this decision is intended to redistribute land and allow it to be a factor to drive economic diversification.
Lourenço, who attended the opening ceremony of the 2017/18 agricultural year held in the municipality of Cachiungo, considered it essential to work the land, get maximum yields and rejected the attitude of farmers who have been granted land and have left it fallow.
The Angolan President used the occasion to announce the reinstatement of village merchants, or agents that will be responsible for buying local production and selling it in consumer centres.
“With this focus,” he said, “the country also intends to reduce the unemployment rate, mainly for former and demobilised soldiers.”
The provincial director of Agriculture and Forestry, António Teixeira, reported that the province has 7,500 hectares available for the 2017/2018 agricultural year for large-scale corn, potato and soybean cultivation, with a harvest of 5,000 tonnes of corn and 32 tonnes of sweet potatoes.
Land in Angola is owned by the State, and its exploration is authorized through a concession title valid for a certain period of time. (macauhub)