"The province of Huambo hosted, this Thursday, [09.02.2023], the official launch event of the International Year of Massango and Massambala, organized by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MINAGRIF), with the technical support of the Organization of United Nations for Agriculture and Food (FAO) and with the support of the Indian Embassy in Angola", reads a statement from the Provincial Government of Huambo, which VerAngola had access to.
According to the note, the act took place in the auditorium of the provincial government and was chaired by Francisco de Assis, with the presence of the governor of Huambo, Lotti Nolika, the ambassador of India to Angola, Pratinha Parkar, the FAO representative in Angola, Gherda Barreto, and the representative of the African Development Bank, Pietro Tiogo.
Speaking on the occasion, the governor of the province, cited in the note, expressed the "firm certainty" that this act will serve to boost the national economy and, consequently, fight hunger and poverty, as well as become an opportunity to create jobs, with greater emphasis on young people and women.
The holder of the Agriculture and Forestry portfolio left the guarantee that the necessary conditions have been created for Angola to relaunch in the production of these cereals, considering that the cultivation of massango and massambala "presents advantages from the economic point of view, easy cultivation and with nutritional and health benefits".
The commitment to planting these cereals aims to respond to the challenges of diversifying the country's production, generating additional income for families as well as developing the country, said the minister, cited by Angop.
According to a note from the provincial government, massango and massambala "contribute to the fight against diabetes and cancer", being rich "in antioxidants, calcium, fiber, iron, minerals, proteins, gluten-free, are nutritious for food animal and adaptable in semi-desert or semi-arid climates".
It should be noted that the event was also marked by the presentation of two themes: "The World Production of Massango and Massambala" and "The Potential of the Cultures of Massango and Massambala in Angola".