Current Angolan rice production, of approximately 25,00o tons per year, falls far short of the quantity that the country imports, or more than 400,000 tons to meet the demands of domestic consumption, said on Wednesday in Luanda the Secretary of State for Agriculture and Livestock, Carlos Alberto Pinto.
The Secretary of State also said that in the 2015/2016 agricultural campaign the country had produced little more than 24,500 tons, of which half was provided by the family-based agricultural enterprises and the remaining half by agricultural businesses, according to Angolan state news agency Angop.
“This means that Angola is largely dependent on imports to meet national consumption of this product,” said the Secretary of State, who added that the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests was working toward producing seed adapted to the conditions of the country, so that rice will again be produced in the traditional regions of Lunda Norte and Lunda Sul, Moxico, Malanje and Bié.
Pinto was speaking on Wednesday at the opening of the 4th meeting of the Joint Coordination Committee of the project to develop rice cultivation in Angola, which is funded by the Japanese International Cooperation Agency.
The meeting, organised by the Institute of Agrarian Development is to assess, among other issues, the 2016/2017 Progress Report , Presentation of the Work Plan for the 2017/2018 agricultural campaign and the National Strategy for the Development of Rice, centred on rural families.
Rice has been a major staple food of the Angolan population in recent years, and is the most consumed product after cassava and maize. (macauhub)