Government Wants Reactivation Of The Mucoso Perimeter

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ANGOLA - The government of Cuanza Norte wants to reactivate the irrigated perimeter of Mucoso, due to the agricultural potential for generating jobs and exporting products.

The Mucoso perimeter is one of the large agricultural units in the municipality of Cambambe. In the colonial era, it produced bananas and citrus fruits for export.

With an extension of 520 hectares, the perimeter has been paralyzed since the 90's, due to lack of investments, a fact that gave rise to acts of sabotage and complete deactivation of the equipment.

In August 2010, the Government implemented a project to recover it, which was reopened in 2014 by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, passing its management to the Spanish company "Incatema consultingo international".

The rehabilitation project included the mechanization of space, the recovery of administrative, housing and warehouse infrastructures, as well as the construction of a new collection system capable of pumping 1,800 cubic meters of water / hour. The project also included the rehabilitation of 22 kilometers of road to facilitate access to farm points and the supply of tractors with implements.

With the rehabilitation, the irrigated perimeter of Mucoso was subdivided into one hundred and sixty-two plots of three hectares each, where vegetables, pineapples, citrus and mangoes of improved species would be produced.

Speaking to ANGOP, Adriano Mendes de Carvalho informed that the Government is strongly interested in its functionality, after having benefited from rehabilitation, in the period 2011-2013.

He said that the interest in putting the perimeter into operation is linked to the need to provide jobs for the youth, as well as to raise the province's position in the group of agricultural and livestock regions in the country.
He indicated that, as a result of the current state of the perimeter, many pieces of equipment are underutilized, especially machinery and mechanized spaces, which are once again covered with grass, a situation that, in his opinion, should be reversed as soon as possible.
He made it known that several contacts have already been made with the Minister for Economic Coordination, Manuel Núnes Júnior, and the Minister of Finance, Vera Daves, who at this time are elaborating policies for the exploitation of Mucoso.

"We need Mucoso to produce again, because in addition to guaranteeing jobs, due to the fertility of its soils, it will be able to offer a range of products in large quantities, especially corn, bananas and sweet potatoes, and become in one of the biggest granaries in the province of Cuanza Norte ", he stressed.