The process of implementation of the first six research centres in Angola is underway Angolan Agriculture and Forestry Minister Marcos Nhunga said in Chinguar, in the province of Bié, during the opening of the 2018/2019 agricultural year.
Nhunga said that in Huambo a research centre for corn, beans and soybeans will be set up, the research centre for cassava, sweet potato and peanuts will be located in Malanje, the cattle centre in Huíla, goats and sheep in Malanje, coffee, palm and cocoa research centre in Kwanza Sul and the Bioveterinary research centre in Huambo province.
The Minister said that the agricultural research sector will be revitalised to return to providing fundamental support to increase Angola’s sustainable production and productivity.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry is designing actions to reverse the current state of the Agronomic and Veterinary Research Institutes, created in the 1960s and which lack the human, material and financial resources to function normally.
To strengthen human resources for research, Nhunga said that national and international experts should be hired, as well as a graduate staff training plan that is currently underway.
Angola spends more than US$3 billion on food imports. (macauhub)