For Yoan Pineiro Pitra, a Cuban businessman in Angola for more than 15 years, the high costs and quality of food, including corn, soy and animal feed, for the production and reproduction of swine in Angola are some obstacles to the development of the sector.
The pig farmer, who was speaking during the first edition of the Angolan Agribusiness Forum, also considered the lack of knowledge of the activity and technologies for pig farming as other of the main challenges.
The lack of biosecurity measures against African swine fever was also described by the businessman as a factor that negatively contributes to the growth of pig farming in Angola.
Yoan Pineiro Pitra, who was one of the speakers on the first panel of the forum, also defended the construction of good facilities, the improvement of genetics and nutrition and the hygiene of the animal environment as actions that can boost the activity.
On beef production and reproduction in Angola, Brazilian businessman Aldo Neto, a postgraduate in beef farming, pointed out that Angola needs to improve meat production to compete with imported meat.
"Internally, concrete measures must be defined to improve meat production, which starts with the treatment of the animal, in order to be more competitive, because sometimes national meat is more expensive compared to imported meat", he pointed out.
According to the Secretary of State for Commerce, Amadeu Nunes, at the opening of the meeting, agribusiness is "a very vast chain" and he considered it opportune to hold the forum "in view of the existing challenges in this matter".
"We believe that this event constitutes a tool to strengthen the capacities of national policy makers, as well as for the business class. These initiatives will allow the dynamism of the value chain", stressed the minister.
Quality management and control and overcoming the challenges of competitiveness in agribusiness were also one of the topics addressed at the forum, promoted by the consultancy Zambeca.