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Nation Records Deficit of Three Million Tons in Cereal Production

February 26, 2014

The cereal deficit in the country is set at three million tons, with the current production estimated at 1.5 million tons, said on Tuesday in Luanda, the Director General of the National Institute of Cereals (INCER), Benjamin Castello.

What is produced in Angola only covers 40 percent of the consumption needs of the country, a figure that could reach 90 per cent in the next three years, considering the numbers of the National Development Plan 2013-2017 in the chapter concerning cereals.

According to the plan, by 2017, the country foresees to record a production estimated at 3.5 million.

Speaking to Angop, under the Scientific Council of INCER, the director said that even if the country imports the equivalent to the deficit (three million tons) Angola will not be sufficiently stocked, considering the constraints inherent to the importing process and distribution of the product to various parts of the country.

Benjamin Castello believes in a national solution, with an increase in production and incentives to producers.

"Human resources with good wages" constitute an important element in the evolution of the production", he said.

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Source: AllAfrica

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