Luanda — Cereals production in Angola has increased in the last two years from 2.87 million to 2.9 million tonnes due to the policies approved by the Angolan Executive for the agricultural sector, the President of the Republic, João Lourenço, affirmed last Tuesday.

Speaking at the opening session of the parliamentary year, President João Lourenço said that besides the cereals, it was also seen an increase in the production of roots and tubers that overcame the number of 10.8 million tonnes in 2017 to 11.1 million tonnes in 2018.

He also informed that for the area of fruit growing there was a progress of 5.2 million in 2017 to 5.3 tonnes in 2018.

Regarding the agricultural sector in the State’s General Budget, although still not being enough, João Lourenço said that there was an improvement from 0,4% in 2018 to 1,57% in 2019.

In the 2018/2019 agricultural camapaign, technical assistance was planned for 1.3 million peasant families, out of a total of 2.8 million. At this time 943,000families have already benefited, corresponding to about 72% of what was programmed.

In the area of trade, based on the country’s Strategic Food Reserve, the Executive approved the Integrated Rural Trade Development Programme, to improve the flow of domestic production, especially from rural areas, with four products, namely rice, corn flour, wheat and beans.

Also in this sector, a public tender for the exploration of logistics and commercial facilities of the supply market of the Luanda Logistics and Distribution Centre was launched, with the aim to provide the private sector more functionality in terms of commercial and logistics infrastructures.