[Angola] Organic fertilizer manufacturer Soiadubo to double production capacity with eye on exports
The organic fertilizer plant “Soiadubo”, in Angola’s municipality of Longonjo, 64 kilometers from the city of Huambo, will, this year, double its current production capacity from 80,000 tonnes a day to 160,000, with the objective of exporting the surplus to neighboring countries.
This according to head of production at the factory, António Cassinda who stressed that the increase in installed capacity aims, above all, to supply the 18 provinces of Angola, which constitute the main destination of the product, as well as how to supply the foreign market.
For this reason, according to the official, in recent months there has been a greater availability of fertilizer in the country's border posts and markets, as a way of informing farmers in those countries about the existence of the product.
António Cassinda added that countries like Zambia and Namibia have already shown their intention to introduce Longonjo fertilizer in the range of inputs for agricultural activity.
Accordingly, he referred that, in August 2019, a group of businessmen for the sale of fertilizers from these two countries were at the factory to get in touch with the production of fertilizers.
He added that after the verification visit, the entrepreneurs took a sample to be tested in the local laboratories, in order to see the level of suitability for their land.
As for the operation of the factory, he considered it normal, despite pointing out the acquisition of spare parts from abroad, as the main constraint, due to the shortage of foreign exchange.
In operation since 2013, the factory produces agricultural fertilizer based on the excrement of cattle, grass and barley, with the specific purpose of giving more dynamism to the agriculture sector.
In addition to growing the plants, the organic fertilizer that differs from the chemical due to its results that are only noticed for a minimum period of two years, also enriches the soils, through the recovery of its acids, which can be degraded through constant agricultural activity, with rains and anarchic fires.