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Wed, 16 Jan 2019 16:11 - Updated Wed, 16 Jan 2019 16:10

Angola wants to end import of agricultural products

Cuito - The country will stop importing agricultural products in the short and medium term, taking into account the investments being made by the private sector, announced Tuesday in the municipality of Chinguar, Bié province, minister of Trade Joffre Van-dúnem Júnior.

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Joffre Van-Dúnem Júnior, Trade Minister

Photo: António Escrivão

Speaking to the press after a visit to the Vinevala farm, the official said that private sector investment will allow the country to stop importing definitively maize, beans, potatoes, rice, wheat, among others.

He called on private investors to ally themselves with the Government policy through a serious commitment to the cultivation of more agricultural products, as the Government is working to improve the roads in order to facilitate the transporting of products to the main consumption centers.

Meanwhile, he announced the reopening, within 60 days, of stores in the "Poupa Lá" network, allocated to the Ministry of Commerce, built between 2013 and 2017 and closed due to the economic situation in Angola.

In his turn, the governor of Bié, Pereira Alfredo said that the local government has defined as priorities for this year the increase in agricultural production, having supported the peasants with 5,000 tons of compound fertilizer.

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