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Angola Bets for Food Self-sufficiency

The government of Angola bets today for food self-sufficiency and cuts of imports of basic products to correct economic imbalances that hinder the country’s development.

The decision was expressed to the news media by Angolan minister of Agriculture, Pedro Canga, who also recognised that the nation registers an insufficient production to fill the deficits in cereals and meat (mainly poultry and bovine).

Also, he added, in 2015 we managed to reduce food insufficiency (that was 63 percent in 1992).

According to Canga, at present conditions are created to reinforce investments and increase national production of cereals, roots, tubers, meat and eggs.

In the way of that strategy, he advanced will be produced 850 million eggs to the end of 2016.

This will mean a “per capita
consumption of 70 eggs”.

In comparative terms, he detailed the sector produced last year some 450 million eggs that satisfies consumption by 41 percent, while in 2003 there were barely 50 million units.

Regarding cereals, the official indicated last year were produced 1.8 million tons, mostly corn, but warned that 141 thousand tons, of which 50 thousand were needed for the poultry industry.

Angola Minister of Agriculture, Afonso Pedro Canga
Angola Minister of Agriculture, Afonso Pedro Canga

As regarding to roots and tubers, Canga highlighted the cassava, sweet potato and potato, of which were produced about 10 million tons in 2015.

All that effort had the support of family agriculture of about two million producers.

He stressed the lack of a fertiliser and pesticide industry, that increases imports.

The official said there would be no food self-sufficiency if the agricultural sector is not the base of national economy and the production is oriented to the needs of the population.

Source: Prensa latina

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