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Fri, 24 Aug 2018 15:52 - Updated Fri, 24 Aug 2018 15:52

Angola: UNACA members told to improve production

Icolo e Bengo - The National Union of Peasants of Angola (UNACA) Friday encouraged its members to increase local production based on scientific standards and always have a plan of the products to be cultivated.

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Albano da Silva Lussati, New UNACA chairperson

Photo: Lino Guimaraes

The call was made during a meeting which brought together 12 heads of associations and 17 agricultural cooperatives in Icolo e Bengo municipality.

The meeting focused on the causes of poverty and hunger, solutions and the importance of peasants to mitigate the problem.

The UNACA social activist, Geraldo Basílua, who chaired the meeting, conveyed with consistent and strictness the concepts on the social causes of poverty and hunger.

In relation to the hunger, Geraldo said that one of the causes is the political instability of a country, the inefficiency and mismanagement of natural resources, war and civil conflicts.

He also mentioned the difficult access to the means of production by the rural workers and poor agricultural planning,  as the cause of hunger.

Other causes of the hunger, according to Geraldo Basílua, are the invasions of farmland, the epidemics that attack plantations.

He defined poverty as food insufficiency that causes suffering.

In turn, the UNACA, chairperson,  Albano da Silva Lussati, described the meeting as one of the strategies of the sector, aimed at equipping all social organs of agriculture associations and cooperatives.

In order to put an end to hunger and poverty, we need strong men to clear the land, he said, calling for the need of the peasants to get organised," said the UNACA official.

UNACA controls 9,082 agriculture associations.

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