The public and private investments that are being made in the agricultural sector in Angola in five years will allow the country to produce the main products of the basic basket, the Minister of Agriculture and Forestry said on Thursday in the city of Luena.
“The indicators show that, year after year, the agricultural sector has been increasing its income, especially in family farming, but also in the business sector, which is making a very decisive contribution to increasing national production,” said Minister Marcos Nhunga.
The minister, who was speaking on the sidelines of the first Consultative Council of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, which has been taking place since Wednesday in the city of Luena, revealed that, in terms of grains, the country has a production deficit of more than 50%.
Nhunga said that the country needs 5 million tons of grains a year to meet food and animal feed needs, and at the moment it only produces just over 2 million tons, according to the Angop news agency.
In order to ensure that the country produces most of the products that make up the basic basket, Angop reported that the government has taken responsibility for lowering production costs by improving access to so-called inputs, including fertilizers, pesticides and seeds.
Without affecting the agricultural business sector, he said that the government’s support is mainly for so-called family farming, which, in Angola, accounts for 80% of national production.
Repairing secondary and tertiary roads as well as the electrification of the main regions with great agricultural potential and facilitating access to agricultural credit are also included in the package of measures approved by the government to reduce production costs, according to the minister.
Animal production, ranging from birds to small and large mammals, alongside forest resources are the main themes analysed by the advisory council, held under the motto “The development of agriculture as the basis of the country’s economic diversification.”
From this year on, Angola will conduct an agricultural and fishery census that will provide a relatively precise idea of the numbers of the each domestic edible species, and data collection is expected to be completed by 2019. (macauhub)