The Secretary of State for Agriculture and Livestock, João Manuel da Cunha, said that the Angolan government was adopting measures to alleviate the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on agriculture.
To alleviate the effects of the crisis, the government is providing support to the informal sector, on which a large part of Angolan families depend, with funding for family farming activities, via banks and the Agrarian Fund.
With the same aim, the government has created the Risk Capital Fund with the objective of providing microcredit to support rural schools and community credit banks.
The Government has also set up the Emergency Fund, which is providing support to programmes for agriculture, livestock and fisheries, especially for the most vulnerable communities, and the Monetary Base Transfer and basic food programmes.
Speaking at the 27th Session of the FAO’s Committee on Agriculture (COAG), which is taking place via videoconference, he explained that the agricultural sector in Angola had to face some challenges, particularly in the first phase of the pandemic, as a result of limitations imposed on the free movement of people and goods.
During his speech, Joao Manuel da Cunha expressed his full recognition and support for Angola’s institutionalisation of the Livestock Sub-Committee, the creation of which was part of the programme for this session.