Angola plans to achieve self-sufficiency in animals for slaughter within nine years in order to guarantee the availability of domestically produced meat and to replace imports of this product and its derivatives, said Friday the Agriculture and Forest Minister (Minagrif), Marcos Nhunga.
To achieve this goal, the holder of the Agriculture Ministry said that the sector started to repopulate with cattle the Planalto de Camabatela (province of Cuanza Norte), whose slaughterhouse was inaugurated on 11 August this year, and built infrastructure similar in size and capacity in the provinces of Luanda (Viana municipality), Cuanza Sul (Porto Amboim municipality) and Malanje (Malanje), which compete for the same purpose.
This year (2017), according to the minister, the country produced more than 2.1 million kilograms of various meats, of which 77. 958 kg of beef, 41.357 kg of pork, 93.711 kg of goatmeat, 24.847 sheep and 1,936,176 kg of chicken.
Marcos Nhunga did not specify the quantities of meat needed to meet the demand of the country, but the director of the Institute of Veterinary Services (ISV), Bernardete de Lassalete Gourgel da Silva Santana, based on the last census of agriculture, estimated that required at least 10 kg of meat / year for each citizen, taking into account the two million and 800 thousand head of cattle registered.
However, he added that in 2018 a new census will be carried out to determine the country’s animal population in order to know the needs for the self-sufficiency of animal meat.