Despite the global pandemic, Angola’s agricultural sector is blooming. One company in particular has pulled off something quite remarkable. Creating a farm, with foreign export ambitions, in just a matter of months, despite all the current challenges.
“We’re in Porto Amboim on the road that leads to the Kaundo Farm, where we have cleared more than 500 hectares of land and we have around 400 already in high production,” said João Macedo, CEO, Novagrolider as he shows us the farm.
Quite a feat when you consider, just a year ago, this vast area of land in Kwanza Sul province, south of Luanda, lay abandoned. Still, Angolan agricultural firm Novagrolider recognised the potential of this 10,000 hectare site. An attractive microclimate and rich, fertile soils too good to resist.
“This land here is one of the best I have ever seen," said Macedo. "After doing (an) analysis, I saw there was no better in Angola.” Novagrolider invested, and grew a farm ready for harvesting within six months. And all this during the global pandemic.
“The COVID-19 problem affects some things, but not in a way that stops us from carrying out what we’ve been looking forward to doing," said Macedo. "We have already harvested melons, watermelons, pumpkins, tomatoes, and so on. In a while, we’ll also start to harvest mangoes and grapes. We will do much more here.”
There’s huge potential here, according to the project’s production manager – who’s worked in Brazil’s biggest fruit exporting region.
Aldenicio Lino, Production Manager, Kaundo Farm, told euronews.com: “Today, Angola’s fruit is still unknown. But, in the near future, Angola will start to rise because its fruit is good and in line with international standards. What’s missing is a track record, years on the road, people knowing Angolan fruit.”