ANGOLA – Angolan-Portuguese construction firm Omatapalo has opened a US$120 million compound feed factory for poultry, pigs, and cattle at its farm Fazenda Quiminha, in Luanda.
According to a statement cited by Jornal de Angola, the plant has a production capacity of 100 tons of feed per day and a total of 26 thousand tons per year.
António Francisco de Assis, the Minister of Agriculture and Forestry graced the commissioning of the plant stating that the revitalization of this production unit will mainly benefit animal producers in the Luanda and Bengo regions.
In total, according to the statement by the company, the project area recovered by OMATAPALO covers two hectares and includes a modern feed mill and storage silos.
The company assured that the quality of the products will be assured through strict quality controls, carried out by an external laboratory, using Near Infrared Spectroscopy (NIR) technology, both for the raw material and for the finished product.
The company further revealed that corn and soybeans, which will serve as the basis for the rations, will mostly and preferably come from the group’s agricultural production as part of an initiative to prioritization of raw materials of local origin.
According to an official source from OMATAPALO, the factory will be able to supply the product both in bulk and in 30 kg bags, offering flexibility to its customers.
“With this factory, whose production capacity is 10 tons per hour, Fazenda Quiminha reinforces its commitment to contribute to the production of food of Angolan origin, with quality and at competitive prices, while reducing dependence on imports,” read the statement.
As part of its strategic plan for social responsibility, Fazenda Quiminha established partnerships with the local community, offering technical training, distributing fertilizers and seeds, and, subsequently, guaranteeing an outlet for local producers.
The reopening comes after the recent move by the company to create a program to combat hunger and encourage national production in collaboration with Banco Alimentar Angola as an initiative to mark its 20 years of activity.
As part of the initiative, OMATAPALO and Banco Alimentar Angola will work together to identify and analyze areas affected by hunger and food insecurity, develop strategies and action plans to combat these problems, and promote nutritional education and good food practices.