Chinese specialists prepare agricultural development program in Angola

12 April 2007

Luena, Angola, 12 April – China is to train 10,000 agricultural technicians for Africa over the next four years, Professor Heping Jiang from the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences said in the Angolan province of Moxico Wednesday.

Heping, who headed a mission to apply the program to four Angolan provinces (Moxico, Bié, Huila and Kuand Kubango), told Angolan news agency Angop that of the total Angola would have 60 technicians trained.

Heping added that the Chinese government had a program that outlined sending 100 technicians per year, as of 2008, specialized in several areas of agriculture to work in African countries and said that

The mission of specialists from the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences has been gathering opinions and technical information from those responsible for local Agricultural and Rural Development Directorates, in order to prepare an agrarian development plan for the region.

Saying that the suggestions from local technicians would help to improve and approve a definitive plan, the professor noted that the information collected would also make it possible to consolidate knowledge about the reality of the region. (macauhub)