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FAO supports new agricultural year with materials valued at 1.5 million dollars

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) provided 1,500 agricultural kits, worth 1.5 million dollars, to 50,000 Angolan producers.

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In a statement, the FAO said that the support given in the context of the start of the new 2021-2022 agricultural campaign in Angola will benefit family farmers, agricultural cooperatives of women and young entrepreneurs.

The FAO representative in Angola, Gherda Barreto, mentioned in the communiqué, participated in the central act to kick off the campaign in Cuito Cuanavale district, Cuando Cubango province, together with the minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, António de Assis.

According to Gherda Barreto, this aid aims to support small family farmers and cooperatives of women and young agro-entrepreneurs to thrive in this new campaign, contributing to food security for rural families.

The document emphasizes that the delivery of the 'kits' will be made in accordance with the identified needs, being grouped according to the categories: combating drought, women entrepreneurs, agribusiness youth, resilient field schools and strengthening nutrition.

"For example, the 'kit' to combat drought consists of irrigation systems with motor pumps, hoses, water tanks, corn seeds, millet and beans, blocks of mineral salts for cattle, veterinary products to treat animals", indicates the note.

The 'kit' for women entrepreneurs, on the other hand, includes motorcycles for transporting products, a mill for processing into flour and also tanks for irrigation and rainwater conservation, cereal and vegetable seeds (tomatoes, watermelon, carrots, eggplants, among others ).

While the 'kit' of resilient field schools has portable solar panels and various fruit trees (hoses, lemon trees, plum trees), in addition to sweet potato propagules, chickens and veterinary products for animal treatment.

All 'kits' also include machetes, hoes, bars of soap, in the context of prevention of covid-19, and farmers also benefit from training on how to use each material and product.