Angola wants support from China and Japan to relaunch cotton crop

19 April 2018

Angola plans to contact China and Japan to request support to proceed with the re-launch of the country’s cotton crop, a project included in the economic diversification programme, according to an article published in the China-Lusophone Brief (CLBrief), a news service on China and the Portuguese-speaking countries.

The article quotes the Angolan Secretary of State for Agriculture, Carlos Alberto Jaime, speaking on the sidelines of the visit of the vice president of the Republic to the agricultural fair of the province of Malange.

The Secretary of State said that 10,000 hectares of cotton are already being cultivated along the perimeter of the Capanda Agro-industrial Hub in the municipality of Cacuso and in the Cassange Basin, an extensive cotton area east of Malange, before Angolan independence.

Jaime noted that the business sector in Malange had lost some momentum since the beginning of the economic crisis in 2014, leading to low production of agricultural companies. H gave assurances that the Ministry of Agriculture intends to support entrepreneurs so that, with the participation of peasant families, it is possible to return to previous rates of cotton production.

The government-led programme to renew, expand and equip the textile industries in Angola was financed by a credit line from the government of Japan and includes three large factories: Textang II, in the country’s capital,Sociedade Angolana de Tecidos Estampados Comerciais (Satec), located in the province of Kwanza Norte and Alassola in Benguela. (macauhub)