French group Castel produces maize on Angolan farm

27 February 2019

The farm in Angola owned by French group Castel, located in the Capanda Agro-industrial Complex, is expected to harvest 3,200 tonnes of maize between March and July, said company official Sebastian Ducroquet, on the sidelines of a visit by the provincial governor of Malanje, Norberto dos Santos.

The farm currently has 800 hectares planted with maize, 700 more than were planted in 2018 in an experimental phase, and the project’s management intends to reach production of 58,000 tonnes by 2021.

“We have already cleared 1,900 hectares of the 5,000 available, in order to reduce the costs of importing grits,” Ducroquet said, according to the Angop news agency.

Ducroquet said the company is studying the possibility of installing a grit maize plant in Malanje within two years, after assembling the required the silos, a mini-hydro plant to supply electricity to the farm and neighbouring communities, in addition to an irrigation system and storage facility.

The Castel Group has a number of factories in Angola where it produces soft drinks, including Coca-Cola Company brands, as well as beers such as Cuca, Nocal and EKA. (macauhub)