Integrated Rural Trade Development Programme 2019-2020 aims to make Angola self-sufficient in food production

21 August 2019

The 2019-2020 Integrated Rural Trade Development Programme is set to lay the foundations for making Angola a self-sufficient country in food production, thereby reducing imports, Secretary of State Amadeu Nunes said on Tuesday in Luanda.

The Secretary of State was speaking on the sidelines of the 8th ordinary meeting of the Economic Commission of the Council of Ministers, which, among other matters, carried out an evaluation of that programme, and said that it aims to foster national production and ensure the distribution of products.

He also said that Angola has the conditions to return to being an exporter of several products, no longer relying on oil., “as shown by the statistical data for 1972 and 1973.

The 2019-2020 Integrated Rural Trade Development Programme, combined with other factors such as transport and logistics, will ensure that production is channeled to consumer centres said Amadeu Nunes, quoted by the Angop news agency.

The Secretary of State said this programme advocates a greater involvement of the private sector in the implementation of its 10 measures and 173 planned actions and added that the aim was to avoid the same mistakes as were made in the implementation of initiatives such as the Procurement Programme (Papagro), which failed in its distribution and products were left to rot. (Macauhub)