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Chad begins to pay debt and sends first thousand head of cattle

More than a thousand head of cattle arrived in the country from Chad on Sunday. Angola will receive a total of 75,000 head of cattle as payment of a debt of 100 million dollars.

: Pedro Parente/Angop
Pedro Parente/Angop  

Angola estimates to receive around 4500 animals by the end of this month. The estimate is from the Director General of the Veterinary Services Institute of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Ditutala Simão.

The animals are being transported in ships and, according to the responsible, to reach the estimated number by the end of March three more shipments should be made, writes Angop.

In total, the country will receive 75,000 head of cattle. The animals are the payment agreed between Angola and Chad to settle a debt of 100 million dollars incurred by Chad in 2017. The cattle will be delivered over six years.

The importation of these animals is very important for the country, since the government wants, by 2025, to make the Camabatela Plateau autonomous in terms of cattle breeding and meat production. This action will allow the Executive to reduce the numbers of meat imports, which currently cost the country about 350 million dollars per year.

The Government hopes that in two years' time the Plateau will have received 60,000 head of cattle.

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