Africa-Press – Angola. Around 200,000 families belonging to peasant associations and agricultural cooperatives in the provinces of Huambo, Malanje and Bié need technical and financial support to increase production.
These families began to feel the difficulties to become more acute after the end of MOSAP II, as explained Tuesday, in Huambo, the national coordinator of that program, Maria Júlia.
The official added that the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries is unable to provide a framework for the more than 500 MOSAP II technicians, which is the reason for the poor assistance to these peasants.
Funded at US$95 million, the MOSAP II program implemented, five years ago, in 25 municipalities and 80 communes in Huambo, Malanje and Bié, actions aimed at the inclusion of technical skills among food production households, with a view to increasing of crops.
Maria Júlia explained that this program also served to increase the consumption and marketing capacities of surpluses, which can be hoarded in cash, acquisition of small processing units and management of improved seed banks.
The national coordinator said that, since 2018, farming families in Huambo, Malanje and Bié have cultivated only for their daily subsistence and, during the four years of MOSAP II, they learned, with technicians from the Instituto de Desenvolvimento Agrário (IDA) ), to better manage the first, second and third agricultural seasons, to identify access routes to production fields to prevent food spoilage.
Maria Júlia added that 5,000 schools in Tunda, in honor of David Tunda, mentor of MOSAP II and creator of field schools, are offering courses in Economic/Productive Management and Literacy.
The national coordinator announced that 29 homes and offices were built for agronomists and spaces where the food produced by the families is calibrated and transformed, which, through community funds, manage to hoard up to five million kwanzas, due to the capacity to produce up to 600 tons, more than there are four.
So far, according to Maria Júlia, more than 12,000 head of cattle for animal traction, transport, cutting and breeding exist in the three provinces, following an animal repopulation project, implemented for four years.
The national coordinator added that MOSAP II also allowed the construction of irrigation systems to irrigate up to five thousand hectares and ensure productivity in cyclical periods of drought.