Regarding the implementation of the project – which began in March 2022 –, Sebastião Custódio, owner of the company, said it was already at 90 percent, adding that for its success there was financing of 1.4 billion kwanzas, granted by the Development Bank of Angola (BDA).
"We are already at 90 percent implementation of the project, and there are guarantees that we will start to have the first harvests in November", he said, quoted by Jornal de Angola.
According to Sebastião Custódio, in the first phase, the forecasts include the harvesting of 3000 tons of salt per month, with the objective being to reach between 15 and 20 thousand tons per month from January 2024. Thus, cited by Jornal de Angola, he reiterated that committed to reaching 20 thousand tons of salt per month from December or January of next year.
Regarding jobs, he reported that, in the first phase, 150 jobs were created. However, the number will rise to 400 from November onwards, when the first harvest begins.
It should be noted that this Wednesday, the Minister of Economy and Planning, Mário Caetano João, paid a visit to the project, where he worked with Sebastião Custódio, according to a note from the Ministry of Economy and Planning, to which VerAngola had access.
According to the statement, the water that the project "uses for salt production is of underground origin and has a higher salt content than water exploited directly from the sea".
The project, adds the note, occupies 200 hectares, "but may grow depending on its productivity, over time", and it is "the first project to produce".