Ver Angola


Dutch want to bring domestic agricultural production to European markets

The Netherlands will invest in a logistics chain in Angola. The goal is to grow national agricultural production, making the country one of the largest exporters of agricultural products in the world. The revelation was made this Monday by the Minister of Transport, Ricardo de Abreu.


Ricardo de Abreu, who was speaking on the fringes of a meeting with a business mission from the Kingdom of the Netherlands, said that this investment will enable the country to promote its production and thus make a positive contribution to the economy. He added that the government is already in contact with the Netherlands to move the project forward.

This cooperation aims to improve the quality of the fruit produced in the country, to increase the production of these same products and to bring them to the European market.

The role of the authority led by Ricardo de Abreu will be to ensure that agricultural products are safely transported to the national and international markets: "The role of the transport and logistics sector in this activity, which is one of the important issues on our agenda, is to ensure that domestic production can reach the domestic and international consumer markets," he said.

He also said that the reinforcement of infrastructures and means to ensure the safe transport of products is already underway, writes Angop.

Also the ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Anne Van Leeuwen, quoted by the news agency, said that this partnership will be beneficial to Angola. The ambassador stressed that the partnership will improve the fruit import business, as the Dutch government has an estimated fruit import market of around 16 billion euros per year.

In Angola there are about 20 Dutch entrepreneurs to assess opportunities to import tropical fruits and vegetables to the European market, said Anne van Leeuwen.

"It's a very important mission, there are about 20 entrepreneurs representing the agro-logistic value chain," said the diplomat, after the presentation session of the initiative in Luanda, noting that the Netherlands (the official name of the Netherlands) is one of the main importers of fruit in the world.

The Minister of Economy and Planning, Sérgio dos Santos, regretted that fruit is still imported when Angola "has enough potential to supply the country and the rest of the world", also pointing out the potato as a product with a future.

He admitted, however, that it is necessary to guarantee a better articulation between market agents so that national producers can sell their products, underlining that "it is necessary to bring together those who seek" to those who make the offer.

The logistics chain is expected to work with agricultural production in Benguela and Huambo, with the possibility of including Quibala, Caxito and Funda.

The volume of trade between the Netherlands and Angola amounted to 400 million dollars last year.

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