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Dutch company to support commercial Angola potato production

Potato Variety testing in Angola. Several potat varieties were released and the main components of a potato seed multiplication system were established (Courtesy: Britta Kowalski)

An unidentified agricultural company from the Netherlands will support farmers in large scale potato production in the irrigated area of ​​Matala, in Angola’s Huila province.

President of the 1 de Maio Cooperative, Victor Fernandes told Angolan news agency Angop that this was a private initiative, and for the first phase over 100 hectares would be prepared for potato production.

The company is currently surveying the equipment for potato production, especially irrigation equipment that is obsolete and must be replaced.

The president of the cooperative also said that the European company would provide seed and fertilizers and support the marketing of the final product both in Angola and abroad.

The 1 Maio cooperative explores more than 7,000 hectares of irrigated area in ​​Matala, which produces more than 150,000 tons of food per year, including vegetables, tubers and cereals.