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Exonerated Secretary of State for Agriculture and Livestock

The Angolan Secretary of State for Agriculture and Livestock, José Carlos Lopes da Silva Bettencourt, was exonerated at his request, according to a note from the Civil House of the President of the Republic, João Lourenço.

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To his place, the holder of the executive branch appointed João Manuel Bartolomeu da Cunha, who was executive director of the Development Bank of Angola-BDA.

Last month Angola faced a health crisis related to the death of several livestock from Chad, which would be delivered in stages to pay a debt of US $ 100 million.

The Government confirmed, on June 23, the death of 385 cattle from a batch of 4351 after news released by the media and social networks reporting the death of the animals due to an unidentified disease.

According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, the first batch of 1167 animals arrived in Angola in March and was installed in a quarantine center in the Agro-Quiminha Complex, in the province of Luanda, in an area of ​​140 hectares, for observation and screening for diseases, with 4351 cattle arriving in the country up to that point in the first phase of the process.

The cattle were observed in Quiminha by technicians from the Institute of Veterinary Services and Institute of Veterinary Research, and several interventions were carried out on the animals, namely the collection of blood samples and feces to screen for diseases such as hemoparasitosis and endoparasitosis, as well as others laboratory tests.

In a press release, the ministry revealed that animals were delivered to the beneficiaries of the agricultural program that is being implemented in the Camabatela Plateau 2050.

However, 27 died during transport and 358 in the recipient farms, due to "deficiencies found in the infrastructures", the ministry adds without explaining the cause of death, stressing that the situation is being corrected, "aiming to create conditions for future receipts ".

The authorities also admit that some diseases started to appear in the quarantine center, especially in the last batches, which required laboratory confirmation analyzes. The samples (228) were sent to Namibia, with 57 showing a positive result for contagious bovine pneumonia.