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Huíla: thirty-five years later, coffee is harvested in Caconda

Long years have passed since coffee was a product of excellence not only in Huíla but throughout the country. Now, the revitalization of the sector is starting to become a reality. To prove it is this year's harvest. The municipality of Caconda started this week to harvest 12 tons of arabica coffee.

: Administração Municipal de Caconda
Administração Municipal de Caconda  

The municipality was a pioneer in the province of Huíla to launch itself in the production of red coffee berry - of the Arabica variety - in the 19th century. The war dictated the end of harvests but now, almost 35 years later, production has resumed.

The provincial government bought 13,230 coffee trees from Cuanza Sul, out of a total of 50,000 feet, which it distributed to 10 coffee growers. The seeds were dropped to the ground a year ago.

Production is to be maintained, guarantee the producers to Angop. However, there are several difficulties, including the scarcity of water in dry weather and the lack of means of transport to drain production.

However, despite the setbacks, production is proceeding at a good pace. One of the peasants claims to have planted about 1000 feet that have reverted to 1000 kilos of coffee beans.

"We can produce much more, but we lack transportation, we have the will and the land to cultivate," said another of the producers.

It is also known that there are already contacts with potential buyers, namely in Lubango and in the provinces of Cunene and Namibe.

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