Angola: Production of cereals reaches 1.5 million tonnes in 2008/2009 

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Luanda - Production of cereals in the country reached 1.5 million tonnes in the 2008/2009 agricultural period, against the 737,9 tonnes of the previous season.

The information was released Tuesday in Luanda by Angolan minister of Agriculture, Afonso Pedro Canga.

Addressing the ceremony of yearend greetings, the minister said the figure represents a 42 percent rise, adding that tuberous crops have risen 21,5 percent, having reached 14 million tonnes.

According to the minister, altogether, the agricultural sector recorded a 29 percent growth, with timber reaching 90,476 cubic metres.

However, Pedro Canga said, despite the rise recorded, the sector continues showing a shortage in cereals, vegetables and meat, as internal production of these goods in the country is still insufficient.

The minister recalled that in 2009, the Government found mechanisms to fund agriculture, with internal and external resources, resulting in the opening of a grant of Usd 35 million to support farmers and peasant families.

He pledged that in 2010, the Ministry of Agriculture will continue implementing projects that started in 2009 and previous years, in addition to agro-farming programmes, family and business farming.