- China donates agricultural equipment to Zimbabwe
- This will help boost agricultural production
China has donated US$136 000 of agricultural equipment to Zimbabwe to help the country reach its goal of becoming an upper middle-income economy by 2030.
The equipment will help improve agriculture, which in turn will boost the economy as farming is the backbone of Zimbabwe’s economy, according to the deputy minister of agriculture, Douglas Karoro.
This fits in with Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s recently launched ‘Vision 2030’ campaign.
The equipment is intended for use by both Zimbabwean officials and Chinese agricultural experts in Zimbabwe for a three-year exchange programme. It consists of a tractor, submersible pumps, incubators, silent cutting machines, milking equipment, artificial insemination kits, fishing nets and laboratory equipment.
Tong Yu’e, director for the center of international cooperation service in the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of China, says the equipment will assist in the transfer of Chinese agricultural technology to Zimbabwe.
China is not only sending equipment to Zimbabwe, but also skilled professionals to assist with agriculture. Since the beginning of the China-Zimbabwe technical exchange programme, five teams adding up to a total of 47 agricultural experts have been sent to Zimbabwe.
Previously, the experts stayed for one to two years. The current team of 10 experts will stay for three years to perform trials, demonstrations and training. The aim is to transfer knowledge of processes for crops, animal husbandry and agricultural machinery from the Chinese to Zimbabweans.
Guo Shaochun, Chinese ambassador to Zimbabwe, said China will continue to support the backbone of Zimbabwe’s economy. He says the cooperation between the two countries to improve agricultural technology will better place Zimbabwe to fight poverty and boost its socio-economic development.
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