28 June 2006

Angola: Agriculture Ministry Sets Up Forest Research Centre

Luanda — Angolan Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (Minader) is creating a forest research centre in Luanda aimed at the study of tree and its components, said Wednesday here engineer, Marcela Inácio Veloso.

According to the specialist of the Forest Development Institute (IDF), a MINADER's executive organ, the centre will also conduct studies on tree trunk and leave, and tests on the degree of seeds germination.

According to Marcela Veloso, the determination of the wood quality will also be dealt with by the institute that is being installed in Benfica, Luanda's district of Samba since 1996.

She stated as well that at the centre, some rapid growth trees, appropriate for production of firewood and coal, has been planted, in addition to a laboratory where some tests have been made.

Fruit trees will also be planted in due time at the centre and a kiln for the production of coal installed.

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