The launch of the project took place this Tuesday, in the village of Chiela, municipality of Cacongo, according to a statement from the Provincial Government of Cabinda.
"An agro-forestry production project by the company Mamaland, Lda (Grupo Mota-Engil Angola), designated 'Cocoa clonal development centre', was launched on Tuesday, July 25, in the village of Chiela, municipality of Cacongo, with the start of construction, in a first phase, of 10,000/square meters, of the 20,000/square meters of planned covered nursery areas, for the production of cocoa, manioc, banana, beans and moringa, among other products", reads up on the note.
The initiative, which is budgeted at one million dollars, created 203 jobs, 75 of which are already filled. However, it is expected to reach "1673 direct jobs by 2027, to produce 450 seedlings every six months, which will allow, in the future, annual expansions of 375 hectares", informs the provincial government.
The launch act was attended by Mara Quiosa, governor of the province of Cabinda, who on the occasion highlighted the "importance of agriculture in the diversification of the country's economy", having also predicted "the inclusion, in the near future, of the industry component of transformation".
In addition, quoted in the statement, she also recognized the contribution that the project "contributes to local employability and valued the collaboration with the Escola Agrária do Dinge".
In turn, Ricardo Sousa, technical director of the Seedling Multiplication Field, stressed that this initiative will place the province "on the cocoa world map, seeking to be a reference for a sustainable economy".
It should be recalled that in May last year, Mota-Engil said it was investing in agriculture in Angola, with the development of a sustainable cocoa production project in Cabinda, aiming to put the province on the cocoa world map.