According to a statement from the Ministry of Industry and Commerce, which VerAngola had access to, the guarantee was made on Wednesday (March 15), in the municipality of Wacocungo, province of Cuanza Sul.
"The Minister of Industry and Commerce, Victor Fernandes, assured today [Wednesday], March 15, in the municipality of Wacocungo, province of Cuanza Sul, that in 2023, the country will not import maize to supply the stock of the Strategic Reserve Food, as a result of the agricultural promotion program launched a year ago by the Executive", reads the note.
On the occasion, the official also highlighted that the REA will not be the operator of the absorption of national production.
Thus, he warned that the reserve is just "an instrument that will absorb part of the national production". "REA is just an instrument that will absorb a part of the national production. The aim of this promotion that we are doing is that the contagion is made for the whole of society and that the market works normally", warned the ruler.
According to the holder of the Industry and Commerce portfolio, "it would be desirable that the other products" that make up the list that REA has to store, also manage to stimulate production "so that there is no need to import them".
António de Assis, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, "insisted on the need to train national farmers technically and scientifically to boost their productivity", adds the statement.
It should be noted that this project covers the Ministries of Industry and Commerce, Agriculture and Forestry and the Carrinho Group, including 58 thousand families dedicated to family farming throughout the country.