Fifteen hectares of land are being used for testing the cultivation of different varieties of rice in the provinces of Huambo and Bié as part of trial project which started in 2013.
Speaking to press, Adão Gonçalves Pinheiro an expert at the Angolan Agricultural Research Institute, said that the government rice cultivation initiative is receiving technical support from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
According to Pinheiro, one hundred farmers organized in cooperatives and associations are involved in the trial rice cultivation in the two provinces. He added that new cultivation techniques that yield better crops, as well as rice varieties that best suit to the weather, water and soil of the provinces of Huambo and Bié are being applied.
The expert in rice cultivation said that the tests have enabled the selection of 13 varieties of rice among the 21 initially chosen. Among the selected varieties, four are domestic and the remaining are from abroad, mostly from Japan.