7 December 2013

Angola: Governor Calls for Greater Attention to Family Agriculture in Bié

The governor of the central Bié province, Álvaro Boavida Neto, called for greater attention to family agriculture, so as to improve the quality of the peasants? living standards.

Though family farming depends on the support of the provincial government, the official said it is the source of jobs in communities, producing surplus for trading and subsequent guarantee of family stability.

The official also said that agriculture in rural areas also promotes social cohesion of families, reinforcing the interaction between farmers and field technicians in the exchange of information, technologies and best practices for sustainable agriculture, taking into account the itinerant character.

According to him, the state is still the largest supplier of agricultural inputs, a fact that the government, through the agriculture sector and other partners are seeking to reverse the scenarios, giving more autonomy to farmers in the region.

In Bie province, the sector of Agriculture and Rural Development controls 55 cooperatives and 418 peasant associations.

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