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Mozambique, China work on farming

07-19-2012 14:08 BJT Special Report:5th Ministerial Meeting of Forum on China-Africa Cooperation |

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Mozambique is a country with huge agricultural resources, but for years the land hasn't been used to its potential. However, things are about to change for the better, thanks to a joint initiative between the governments of Mozambique and China.

One result is the just-completed Centre for Agricultural Research and Technology Transfer in the Capital, Maputo.

Flying side by side? The nationals flags of Mozambique and China Symbolizing a new dawn in ties between the two countries that culminated in the construction of this centre for agricultural research and technology transfer. Over the next few years, the Chinese will supervise and offer technical expertise to the Institution.

Liu Housheng, director of Boane Agricultural Research Center, said, "China wants to help Mozambique to solve its food problem. One way to solve it is to increase the production of various crops, for instance rice and beans."

The classrooms are still empty, the two labs as well. It is however anticipated that some three hundred students will be trained here later this year. The Chinese government has paid for the technology and infrastructure.

We come across Liu Housheng and his Mozambican counterpart Vasco Lino inspecting a variety of tomatoes from China. The idea is to get the best variety of tomatoes for soil in Mozambique.

Lino said, "Our goal here is not to produce big quantities. Our goal here is to experiment with Chinese varieties and to study their adaptability to the Mozambican soil and to later distribute them to Mozambican farmers."

Agricultural research has been on for over two years now. Mozambicans from the nearby town of Boane look after the plants and learn new methods of farming.

Cucumber, beans, chilies - a lot of Chinese vegetables are grown on the research farms and being experimented with. The work done is remarkable, eye catching.

Lino said, "Last year we trained 25 local people on this site, these are Chinese beans and other crops, how to treat them. And they were very happy. This year we will run the same course again."

Reporter: “This center is the first of ten similar facilities to be built in Africa. it will contribute to increased production for local production and export. Hence, it is a win-win situation for both Mozambique and China.”


Editor:Zhang Rui |Source: CNTV.CN

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