Manquete’s agro-industrial complex for rice production in Angola’s Cunene province, at a standstill since May 2017, will be re-launched later this year, when management is handed over to food production company Faz Angola, the director Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries of Cunene said on Tuesday in Ondjiva.
Pedro Tiberio also told Angolan state news agency Angop news that the process of recovery of agricultural equipment as well as land is underway.
This agro-industrial complex, originally approved in 2010 and now reactivated, has an area of 2,000 hectares, of which 1,500 hectares has been set aside for rice and maize cultivation and the remaining 500 hectares for construction of infrastructure and natural reserves.
With two units for processing and husking, cleaning, bleaching of packaging and equipment, the complex has three silos for storage, two of them for 3,000 tons of rice and one for 2,000 tons of corn.
The Manquete project was approved in 2010 by the Angolan government under the credit line from the China Development Bank (CDB), and China National Electronics Import and Export Corporation (CEIEC) was hired to put it into operation within 60 months, 36 of which for the training of technical and auxiliary staff.
The agency also reported that the production shutdown was due to the CEIEC abandoning the project, as it did not comply with the five-year contract, at which time management was handed over to the Angola Sovereign Fund. (macauhub)