15 December 2012

Angola: Agro-Farming Projects to Help Reduce Food Imports

Malanje — Family poultry farming projects being implemented on Pedras Negras, Pungo a Ndongo and other farms situated in the localities of Kizenga (municipality of Cacuso), northern Malanje province, will help reduce the import of foodstuffs and services in the country.

This was said Friday in Malanje by the minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Pedro Canga, as part of a visit he paid to the construction, planning and implementation of the said agro-farming projects.

Pedro Canga said it is the Government's strategy to develop the agro-industrial projects in the country as an incentive to local production, to the detriment of imports.

The minister also said that the participation of the agrarian sector in the country's Gross Domestic Product, the increase of jobs, and the fight against famine will be a reality, with the food security and sustainability of the population guaranteed.

He considered positive the projects being implemented in Kizenga, saying the fields and cultures are responding to the expectations for a good farming season.

Pedro Canga expressed satisfaction with the social actions underway in the region, like the construction of schools, medical centres, water and electricity facilities which, he said, are helping improve the living of the communities.

In his turn, Malanje governor, Norberto dos Santos, said the actions underway will provide revenues for the province and offer jobs contributing to fight famine and reduce poverty.

The Pedras Negras farm with 10,000 hectares and Pungo a Ndongo with more than 3,000, are currently producing soya, beans and maize flour.

The minister visited Malanje province to assess the projects underway in the region.

For two days, the minister visited PIP, Pedras Negras and Pungo a Ndongo farms, all under the Kizenga agro-industrial project, and others.

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