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Thu, 14 Nov 2019 11:19 - Updated Thu, 14 Nov 2019 11:18

Government launches coffee crops revitalization programme

World - The minister of Agriculture and Forests, António Francisco de Assis, last Wednesday in the Municipality of Mungo, central Huambo Province, launched the Arabica coffee crop revitalization programme, in the ambit of family agriculture, aimed at contributing to the fight against poverty strategies and guarantee security and food quality.

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Agricultue and Forests minister speaks with coffee peasants.

Photo: Aurélio Janeiro

Government launches coffee crops revitalization programme

Photo: Aurélio Janeiro

Held in the village of Beteleme, 157 kilometres off Huambo City, the act witnessed by the governor of the central plateau province, Joana Lina, was marked with the distribution of 15,000 seedlings of Arabica coffee to 30 peasant families of this locality, which has 3,000 residents who have agriculture as their main source of livelihood.

Initially, the programme will benefit the municipalities of Bailundo, Chicala-Cholohanga, Londuimbali, Huambo and Mungo, with the selection of 30 peasant families from each locality, in a total of 150, to avoid monoculture and create sustainability of production systems in the country.

On the occasion, the minister of Agriculture and Forests, António Francisco de Assis, said it was a project of “extreme importance”, especially regarding the increase of the families' economic and financial income, which is why the peasants take good care of the plants so that they may bear the desired fruits.

Thus, the governor asked the peasants to be more united and cohesive, to face the challenges of economic diversification and fight against poverty, since coffee is a cash crop that, besides increasing the possibility of families earning more money, can boost the industrial sector.

IDA - Agriculture Engine

In another part of his speech, the minister of Agriculture and Forests stressed that the technicians of the Agrarian Development Institute (IDA) should be well trained to better contribute to the efficiency and effectiveness of the rural development programme at a time that the country faces lack of fertilizers.

He recalled that Angola needs, on average, 170,000 tonnes of fertilizers annually or at least 75,000 to meet the needs of the sector, which is why these professionals are more patriotic, responsible, dedicated and rigorous in the management of the resources put at their disposal, to make agriculture the basis of the national economy.

In the past coffee occupied a prominent place in the Angolan economy, having been considered the main export product, reaching high quantities and placing the country in the position of third largest international producer in 1974, and the first export of Angola in 1975.

Nowadays, production is incipient, dominated by family farms with low productivity plantations and market access difficulties.

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