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Novagrolíder leader expects to export over 15 thousand tons of banana this year

Novagrolíder estimates, this year, to export more than 15 thousand tons of banana. According to the farm's accounts, it is foreseen to export between 15 to 20 thousand tons of banana to France, Italy, Poland, Spain, Portugal and South Africa.

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The farm - which last year exported around 11 thousand tons of this fruit - also intends to start exporting bananas to the Republic of Namibia. Although it hasn't revealed the exact quantity it will export, it has indicated that it is carrying out a market study to soon start the process of exporting to this country.

Novagrolíder, located in the province of Bengo, municipality of Dande, also wants to export other products to Namibia, along with the banana.

João Macedo, administrator of Novagrolíder, in declarations to Angop, explained that the export process has been delayed due to the reduction in the number of ships docking in the country, the national economy panorama and the covid-19 pandemic.

Last year, he said, the company also exported other fruits: mangoes, papaya, pitaya, pineapples, guavas and passion fruits. However, he did not reveal the exact export quantities of each product.

In 2020, the company produced around 60,000 tons of bananas, more than 1,000 tons of mangoes, 3,000 tons of papaya, among others. João Macedo revealed that for this year, the farm estimates an increase in banana production of between 15 and 20 percent compared to 2020.

He explained that new plantations are being developed, which will increase production.

The farm occupies 700 hectares, 600 of which are used to produce fruit. The remaining hectares are used to produce vegetables.

Each year, the farm produces more than 60,000 tons of fruit, with bananas being the main product. The company, under Angolan law, currently employs 1300 people, including Angolans and expatriates.

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