Lunda Sul gets 60,000 hectares for PLANAGRÃO

Saurimo – At least 60,000 hectares of land have been identified, in the eastern Lunda Sul Province, for the start of the National Plan for Promotion of Grain Production (PLANAGRÃO), in 2024.

These are the municipalities of Saurimo and Muconda, in the province of Lunda Sul, in the eastern part of the country.

PLANAGRÃO, an initiative of the Angolan government, will be developed in the provinces of Moxico, Lunda Norte, Lunda Sul, and Cuando Cubango.

Each province will benefit from 500,000 hectares, with financing from the Development Bank of Angola (BDA) estimated at 1.6 billion kwanzas.

The secretary of State for Economy, Ivan dos Santos, who concluded a two-day visit to Lunda Sul on Saturday, verified the conditions of the areas chosen for the implementation of PLANAGRÃO, and specified that of the identified areas 35,000 hectares belong to the commune of Muriege where the four cereals will be cultivated.

Another 25,000 hectares are located in Peso-Velho, commune of Mona Quimbundo, exclusively for rice production, given the history of the locality in the cultivation of this cereal.

According to the State secretary, the identified areas offer favourable conditions for the cultivation of rice, corn, soybean and beans, with a considerable water potential which will serve for the Planagrão start-up, offering job opportunities to the youth, especially to the newly graduated.

He also said that Planagrão has two components, being the first related to infrastructures (roads, energy and water) and the other connected to the financing of the private sector that will be operated by the Development Bank of Angola (BDA).

Ivan dos Santos said that the private sector in this Plan will be in charge of bringing the equipment to materialize this great project.

He recommended the municipal administrations to encourage young people to participate in this project, in order to boost the cultivation of these cereals in the country, thus promoting economic development.

Source: Angola Press News Agency (APNA)

Petro, 1ºAgosto play Angola Cup semi-finals

Luanda – Petro de Luanda and 1º Agosto are clashing Tuesday in the semi-finals of the Angola Senior Men’s Basketball Cup.

The Angolan Basketball Federation has yet to indicate the time and venue of the match.

To reach this stage, the two teams beat their satellite (B) teams in the quarter-finals on Saturday.

Petro de Luanda with 13 trophies, with the last one won in 2022, beat Petro B 93-71 and 109 -96 in a two- games quarter finals, while 1º de Agosto that have won the competition 15 times , the last one in 2021, defeated their B team by 125-84 and 100-85.

Interclube qualified for the semi-final, benefiting from two absences of Casa do Pessoal do Porto do Lobito.

Interclube face Atlético Sport Aviação (ASA) Wednesday in the semi-finals.

Source: Angola Press News Agency (APNA)

Angola takes part in 2nd Russia-Africa International Parliamentary Conference

Luanda – The third Vice-Speaker of the National Assembly, Raul Augusto Lima, is representing the country at the II International Russia-Africa Parliamentary Conference taking place on March 19, 20 in the Russian capital, Moscow.

According to a statement that reached ANGOP Sunday , the Angolan delegation, which includes Angola’s ambassador to Russia, Augusto da Silva Cunha, was received in an audience by the Deputy Chairman of the lower house of the Federal Assembly of Russia (DUMA), Aleksandre Babakov.

The event’s programme includes sessions on exchange in the science and education fields, legislative responses to economic challenges, security and experiences on western neo-colonialism.

The event will be attended by over 40 official delegations mostly from African countries, as well as leading experts to discuss current issues on the international parliamentary agenda.

The event also includes a plenary session where the agreements of the International Parliamentary Conference on the Russia-Africa theme in a multi-polar world will be presented.

According to the official website of the State Duma, the conference takes place on the eve of the 2nd Russia-Africa Summit to be held in July 2023 in St Petersburg, following the first one in 2019.

Source: Angola Press News Agency (APNA)