Angolan development bank Banco de Desenvolvimento de Angola (BDA) has entered into a technical assistance contract with a specialised Indian entity for the development and sustainable exploration of medium and large-scale coffee farms, and potential encouragement of Indian entrepreneurs to invest in Angola.
The announcement was made by the BDA during a seminar, held in Amboim in the province of Kwanza Norte, focused on promoting intensive production of arabica coffee in Angola.
During the seminar, two Indian experts spoke about their experience of development of the coffee sector in India and one expert from the National Coffee Institute (INCA) spoke about the current situation of the coffee sector in Angola.
In Kwanza Sul, around 9,600 hectares of land for Arabica and Robusta coffee production was renewed by June 2018.
The relaunch of coffee production in this province began in 2002, with seed production, seedlings supplied to the family farming sector, increased production areas and the restoration of several farms.
In the areas where it already had production, 14 hectares were also recovered, while for coffee production 611 hectares were recovered and 51 hectares were renewed.
In Kwanza Sul, the municipality of Amboim is the largest coffee producer with more than 100 production associations, 14 cooperatives with 4,000 members, of the more than 6,000 registered family producers in the province and more than 200 companies, with an area of 18,000 398 hectares in the municipalities of Ebo, Mussende, Libolo, Conda, Cassongue and Seles.
Angola annually produces 7,000 tonnes of coffee, 3,000 of which come from Kwanza Sul province.
In 1971, during the period of Portuguese colonial rule, Angola produced 240,000 tonnes of coffee per year. (Macauhub)