Luanda — At least 20,000 tons of cotton yarn will be imported a year to feed the textile plants of Satec, in central Cuanza Norte province, Textang II (Luanda) and Africa Têxtil in central Benguela province, as the units gear up to restart production in the coming few months.
The import of the above amount of cotton is meant to cover the deficit the country is faced with to set its textile industry in motion, but the purchases abroad will be gradually reduced, taking into account the investment being currently made in the growing of cotton locally, the minister of Agriculture, Afonso Canga, told Angop recently.
“In the first years to come, we will have to import the raw-material, but afterwards we will reduce gradually, as with 20,000 tons a year and new technology we will be in a position to produce and meet the amount of cotton yarn needed,” he said.
The minister justified the import of cotton yarn saying right now local growers are preparing their projects to start local production of the raw-material.
He stated arrangements are in progress for assistance to family production of cotton starting in central Cuanza Sul province, where some land has been put in place for the purpose, including technical aid and water.
Minister Canga added that farmlands have been granted to private operators in the provinces of Malanje (northeast) and Cuanza Norte (north) for cotton growing. Central Benguela province will follow.