27 August 2014

Angola: State of Roads Affects 2013/14 Luanda Farming Season

Luanda — The 2013/14 farming season in Luanda has been marked by the bad condition of the roads linking the production centres to markets, which has led to the hiking of transportation costs, reads a report from the Provincial Department of the Agrarian Development Institute.

The report that reached ANGOP on Wednesday in Luanda, indicates that this situation was found in the localities of Hengue, Lulemba, Cacola, Mbanza Calumbo, Mateia, Kakila, Kididy Baixa do Kwanza, Wacongo, Bita Tanque and others of Luanda province.

During the campaign in reference, a total area of ??231.5 hectares was cultivated, nine thousand corresponding to the municipalities of Cacuaco, Icolo e Bengo, Kissama and Viana. These areas produce such crops as corn, sweet potato, cassava, beans, tomatoes, onion, chilli peppers and others.

Marketing is estimated at 47,906 tons, involving fruits and vegetable products.

The report mentions difficulties faced by the peasants who, in the event of failing to sell all their harvests, find themselves confronted with storage problems due to high costs.

As to the livestock (goat, cattle, sheep and pig) there has been an increase while poultry production is made throughout Luanda province.

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