Thursday, October 11, 2012

Angola - Agriculture

Angola Agriculture

The climate, soil and topography ensure the considerable Angola agriculture potential for modern and large scale agricultural production of a wide range of crops.
The main agricultural products in the northern part of the country are the cassava, beans and sweet potatoes. The central part is known for the corn production and the south is known for sorghum and some corn production.
Bananas, rice, sugar cane, palm oil, cotton, coffee, sisal (hemp), tobacco and sunflowers also place a role in the Angola agriculture sector. Up to 1973, coffee was Angola’s major export commodity.
Cattle rising and its milk products give life to the agriculture sector. Fishing along the rich coastal area of Angola also plays an important role in this sector.Angola is blessed with large regions favourable to farming in Luanda, Bengo, Benguela, Huila, Cabinda and Kuanza South Areas.
With the idea of launching an agri-business policy, as part of the government’s social and economic program for 2000, it was decided that the main effort should focus on the zones defined in the agriculture program and on the production of cereals, roots, tubercles, beans, fruits, vegetables, oil seeds and specialty products such as cattle breeding, meat processing, pig farming, rearing of poultry and other birds.

The main irrigated areas of angola are Bom Jesus and Caxito in the Bengo province; Vale do Yabi (Yabi Valley) in the Cabinda province; Mucuso and Lucala in the Kwanza Noth Province; Vale do Bengo in Luanda; Cavaco and Catumbela zones in the Benguela Province; Humpata, Matala and Chibia in Huila Province; Carunjamba, Giraul, Bero and Curoca in the Namibe Provinces and several zones in Cunene Province.