History

Before independence from Portugal in 1975, Angola had a flourishing tradition of family-based farming and was self-sufficient in all major food crops except wheat. The country exported coffee and maize, as well as crops such as sisal, bananas, tobacco and cassava. Although the agricultural sector has since been destroyed, the potential remains to redevelop the once very prosperous sector. Since the end of the civil war, the government has devised a reconstruction program to restore its agro-industry to prewar levels of activity. Induve decided that the best way to support the government program was to construct a corn mill as corn is one of the most important staple food crops of the Angolan people, accounting for a large proportion of total calorie intake.

In 2004 Induve underwent the first phase of reconstruction, installing a corn mill for the production of flour. Induve was forced to produce corn flour from imported grits due to the lack of both the cultivation of corn and a market for corn milling byproducts, namely animal feed for livestock (which accounts for 24% of output).

In 2009, with the governments investment in agriculture, Induve was finally able to purchase locally cultivated corn and underwent the second phase of reconstruction installing new machines allowing corn to be milled directly from the kernel. This was the first mill of its kind in Angola producing corn flour on an industrial scale with a milling capacity of 120,000 MT per year. Although corn is purchased locally, milling capacity exceeds local supply and therefore Induve is still heavily reliant on foreign imports of corn. We believe that by 2015, Induve will cease importation of corn as the country will be able to satisfy Induve’s full capacity.
A brand new oil bottling plant was also installed in early 2007, capable of filling 6000 bottles and 500 Jerry cans per hour.  This plant covers the entire process from producing jerry cans and blowing performs, to bottling, labeling, and packaging.

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