Fri, 21 Apr 2017 08:34 - Updated Thu, 20 Apr 2017 20:35
Chicala-Cholohanga invests in livestock to feed Angola
Chicala-Cholohanga - Considered one of central Huambo proivnce’s localities with a major potential to develop agriculture and livestock, Chicala-Cholohanga municipality is strongly committed to feeding the country at medium term.
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By Gabriel Batalha Ulombe
At a time the challenge of increasing domestic production to replace imports is a watchword in Angola, central Huambo province administrative authorities are encouraging entrepreneurs to invest in large-scale food production in order to revive agro-livestock farms.
The municipality, which is doing everything to get out of anonymity in agriculture and livestock production statistics in Angola, has huge tracts of previously unexplored arable lands and many water resources.
In the past, raw material from the former Huambo province's milk factory and pork products (Buçaco) were produced by the Chicala-Cholohanga farmers, who also had significant weight in the production of corn that was consumed in the country .
Gradually, as a result of the efforts being made by local entrepreneurs, the productive capacity of the municipality is being recovered, and at present 123 agricultural and livestock farms are considered a very low figure, judging by the extension which the municipality occupies in the province (4,380 square kilometres), being the third with more lands, after Mungo and Bailundo.
The local director of Agriculture, Domingos Wassuka Malindo, told ANGOP that the municipality intends to become a national reference in the production of agro-livestock food.
"The whole effort that is being made, with the boosting of agriculture and livestock, has the purpose of associating with the actions of the Government that aim to diversify the economy and replace imports," he said.
Egg production makes progress
The challenge of feeding the country, exploring the potential of agriculture and livestock, begins to take shape in the municipality of Chicala-Cholohanga, which before the national independence was called Vila Nova.
An evidence of this is the production of eggs that, since 2012, started to make progress, after a successful project of the municipality's administration in 2010, which consisted of distributing hens to the families.
At present, three aviaries operate, which each day put on the markets of the provinces of Huambo, Bié and Cuando-Cubango around 27,000 eggs, an amount that could increase to 30,000 before the end of the year.
Another aviary currently under construction will come into operation to produce 3,500 eggs a day, while another one is to reopen soon to produce 3,000.
With egg production and good indicators of new investment in the sector, Domingos Wassuka Malindo has no doubt that the Chicala-Cholohanga municipality may soon play a decisive role in the country's self-sufficiency in terms of eggs, starting with Huambo province.
“It is with joy that I say that no other municipality in Huambo produces as many eggs as ours, as of the aviaries existing in the province, only one is not in Chicala-Cholohanga," he said.
Factory of meat derivatives emerges in Cutato
Three kilometres from the village, Cutato is in a location where, since 2016, a pig farming project is emerging, in addition to pig farming, a meat processing plant.
This private initiative, according to the director of Agriculture, will encourage the citizens to raise pigs, because, he argued, the owners of the project are interested in buying the animals from the population.
The official also said that the project will have a direct impact on improving the living of the population, as it will generate many jobs.
Chicala-Cholohanga hosts the largest maize production project
Alike in the past, the Chicala-Cholohanga municipality continues to stand out in the production of maize, thanks to the fertility of the soils of its Sambo and Samboto localities.
Proving its potential in the cultivation of this cereal, whose flour is the main food of the inhabitants of the province of Huambo, it has been going on since 2016 on Tuendi farm,
in the localities of Satchitemo and Sambo, the largest maize production project in that region.
With the support of the Government’s “Angola Investe” programme designed to finance investment projects for micro, small and medium-sized enterprises, 680 hectares of maize were cultivated on the farm, which can be transformed on the spot with the installation of a mill.
The director of Agriculture in the municipality, Domingos Wassuka Malindo, believes that the farm is the main support for the administration in fulfilling the wish of turning the locality into one of the largest food producers in the country.
"It is a project aligned with our challenge to excel in food production in the country. In addition to maize, soybeans, three hectares has been put aside to test peanuts and sisal, "he said.
Authorities support agro-livestock initiatives
What is being witnessed in the agri-livestock sector, in Chicala-Cholohanga municipality, is the start of progress, requiring total commitment, both from the entrepreneurs and the authorities.
The long-forgotten municipality is increasingly affirming the investments that the private sector has made in the exploitation of farms, being in itself a positive sign for the future of the country.
On the other hand, the role of the administration has been decisive in boosting the productive potential, in the agricultural and livestock sector, according to Domingos Wassuka Malindo.
"One of our concerns has been to influence farm owners who do not have the money to partner with those who have," he said.
The official said that the municipality's authorities see it as an opportunity to speed up local development on the reopening of farms, as they produce food, generate jobs and help rehabilitate roads.
The head of Agriculture announced that the administration intends to distribute kids, sheep and pigs to families soon, alike in 2010 with the distribution of laying hens.
"Each family will receive a couple. After having the first chicks, they will give to other families a couple, until we reach a larger number of families, who may, after having many, sell the animals or their meat, " he explained.
Friday markets boost outflow
One of the attractions of Chicala-Cholohanga is its market, which, unlike others in the country, only opens on Fridays, a day when consumers from around the province move to the place, because they offer a large variety of products at affordable prices.
The Friday market, as it is commonly known, is resolving, in part, the major problem facing producers, which was to sell their products out.
From carts transported by oxen, motorcycles, bicycles or even on foot, from all the villages of this municipality hundreds of people flock into the market, to sell their products. After the sales, they buy fish, preferably dry, soap, oil, sugar, salt, clothing, agricultural implements and fertilizers.
Chicala-Cholohanga, limited by the municipalities of Huambo, Bailundo and Cachiungo, besides the localities of southern Huila province, has a population of about 185,000 inhabitants, 180,000 of them peasants and animal breeders.
The village is located 42 kilometres from Huambo city and the name (Chicala-Cholohanga) was given due to the abundant presence of a rock called Tchikakala in the Umbundu national language and of wild bird species called Lohanga in the same language .
Through the municipality passes a national road linking it to the provinces of Bié and Cuando-Cubango, in addition to the Benguela Railways. The locality is also known to be the source of great rivers, among which Cunene, Keve and Kuvango.
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