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Sun, 10 May 2020 13:46 - Updated Sun, 10 May 2020 13:46

Quiminha cancels banana and potato exports due to Covid19

Luanda - The Quiminha Integrated and Regional Agricultural Project, located in the municipality of Icolo e Bengo, northern Bengo Province, has canceled, for now, the plan to export bananas and potatoes to Europe, planned for this year, due to the pandemic of Covid-19 and the non certification of the product, its deputy director-general, Pedro Silveira, announced on Saturday.

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Quiminha project cancels banana and potato exports due to Covid19.

Photo: Clemente dos Santos

Banana plantation in Quiminha farm

Photo: Francisco Miúdo

The project planned to export, in a first phase, eight thousand tonnes of potatoes and bananas/year, a quantity that will change according to the demand and needs of the European market.

In an interview to ANGOP, the deputy director-general, Pedro Silveira, explained that the export process could start this year, as soon as the bureaucratic issue is tackled, but the new reality brough about by the new coronavirus forced the postponement and without a possible new date of resumption of the project.

Internally, the company has created almost all the conditions necessary for the project to materialize and, as soon as public health is stable, banana and potato exports will begin.

According to Pedro Silveira, the idea is to export, this year, by air, the first quantities of sweet potatoes and bananas produced locally, as long as the situation of Covid19 is controlled.

Considered the largest agricultural project in Angola, the Quiminha Farm is fed by the largest water pumping centre in the country, which uses the Bengo River to deliver nine thousand cubic meters of water per hour.

Created in 2012 by the Angolan Government, the project includes a logistics centre that guarantees the conservation and the process of disposal of all production, including small producers installed in Quiminha.

It has a cultivation area of ​​five thousand infra-structured hectares, where 600 people already work in the production of 35 thousand tonnes/year of fruits, vegetables, cereals, oilseeds, roots and tubers.

Since its constitution, the Angolan State has invested more than 146 million euros in the infrastructure of the Quiminha Agricultural Centre and handed over the concession for the operation and management of the project, for seven years, counting from 2016, to the company Agroquiminha.

The project has the technical support of an Israeli group, which entered as a technological partner.

In addition to the "know-How" that is being applied, the private group guarantees the management and delivers the dividends to the Angolan state, having already invested 10 million dollars (eight million euros) in a feed mill and in a logistics centre.

Along with fruit, various vegetables, roots and tubers, Quiminha also invested in poultry breeding and has an annual production of 24 million eggs.

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