President João Lourenço inaugurated today a hydraulic work in the province of Cunene, part of a millionaire investment program to mitigate the impacts of drought in southern Angola.
Located in the municipality of Ombadja, the Cafu station ensures the collection and pumping of water from the Cunene River, and its commissioning is associated with the construction of a canal of about 160 kilometers in length, in order to ensure the transfer of the liquid to localities affected by the cyclical deficit of rainfall.
The realization of the project in Cafu represents a victory, but the problem is not yet solved, the head of state replied in brief statements to journalists, broadcast live on Channel 1 of the Public Television.
The program approved by the Executive is much broader, as it contemplates investments in the provinces of Cunene, Namibe and Huila for the provision of infrastructure for the stable supply of water to the population, for animal breeding and for the promotion of agriculture, the President recalled.
According to João Baptista Borges, the new facilities should help transform the productive culture of different communities in the southern region, for which the government has begun training in agricultural matters, with the help of non-governmental organizations.
Official data, disclosed at the ceremony, indicate that the current program against drought in the south of the country will require investments of US$ 5,497 million during a term of 74 months.
The plan includes the construction of 14 new dams and the rehabilitation of 52, the installation of 1,300 kilometers of canals and the opening of 140 artesian wells, among other investment initiatives that will help more than 2.4 million inhabitants and around three million head of cattle.
Speaking to the Angolan press agency (Angop), the Minister of Energy and Water, João Baptista Borges, said that the water transfer system inaugurated on Monday in Cafu will benefit 235 thousand families, 250 thousand animals and the irrigation of five thousand hectares of agricultural fields.
According to João Baptista Borges, work will begin in June to install water collection infrastructure on the right bank of the Cunene river to supply the municipality of Curoca, another area severely affected by drought.
The construction of the Ndue and Calucuve dams in the Cuvelai basin is also underway, while in Namibe province the construction of six large dams and 43 small dams will soon begin to ensure the storage of water for human and animal consumption, said Angop.
In Huila province, the agency added, the construction of a large dam in Ombala do Rei, on the Caculuvale river, is planned.