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March 20, 2009

Angolan tomato concentrate factory to be inaugurated in June

A tomato concentrate and pulp factory will be opened in June this year, in the town of Matala, in Huila province, said the chairman of the Association for the Development of the Irrigated Area of Matala (Sodemat) in mid-March.

In statements made to Angolan news agency Angop, Luís Salvaterra explained that the delay in the opening of the factory – initially scheduled for 11th November 2008 – was due to delays in the arrival of certain equipment in the country.

The director stated that this equipment had arrived in the country and was already being assembled, with a view to completing the installation of the factory’s facilities and areas. Therefore, according to Luís Salvaterra, the factory would only begin operating in June, following its inauguration.

The factory has a production line with a capacity for processing 6 tonnes of fresh tomatoes per hour, to obtain at least one tonne per hour of tomato concentrate. Annually it will process around 12,500 tonnes of fresh tomatoes, which gives a final production of 2,200 tonnes of tomato concentrate.

The construction of the Huíla Tomato Concentrate and Pulp Factory is the result of funding from the Angola Development Bank (BDA), in August last year, of US$10.7 million, the equivalent of 802 million kwanzas.


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