Angola will set up a strategic food reserve by next year, Trade minister, Jofre Van-Dúnem Júnior, said Monday in Luanda.
The minister explained to the press issues related to the approval by the Economic Commission of the Cabinet Council of the strategic food reserve, an initiative that aims to supply the market with products of the basic basket in periods of emergency or of rupture of stocks.
He clarified that the implementation of the food reserve programme is contained in the electoral promises of the ruling MPLA party and in the 2018/2022 development plan.
The food reserve will enable the State, in case of crisis, stock breach or natural calamity, intervene in the market to maintain the price and supply balance of products, with food safety to the population during a certain period.
According to the minister, rice, maize and wheat flour and beans were the products chosen to constitute the food reserve, with only the first being dependent on imports.
The official believes that the creation of the national reserve could encourage national production.
He explained that it will require 20,000 tons of rice, 10,000 for cornflour, 20,000 for wheat flour and 15,000 tons of beans to guarantee the national food reserve.
According to him, the Customs Warehouse of Angola should find places for the location of distribution centres, with the participation of private sector.