Mozambique: Chinese delegation in Maputo to discuss agricultural center

8 November 2007

Maputo, Mozambique, 8 Nov – A Chinese delegation is due to visit Maputo soon in order to negotiate the final details for construction of a Center for Agricultural Technology and Development, the economic attaché of the Chinese embassy said Wednesday in Maputo.

The preliminary agreement for construction of the center was reached during Chinese president Hu Jintao’s visit to Mozambique last February.

The initial idea was to build the center in Nampula province but its location was later changed to Boane, in Maputo province.

The economic attaché of the Chinese embassy, Cheng Changhe, told Mozambican news agency AIM that the center would cover an area of 30 hectares and the amount to be invested in the project had yet to be decided.

“When the center goes into operation, agricultural technicians will come to Mozambique to start developing hybrid varieties of rice, soy and other plants,” Cheng said.

As well as the national stadium, China is also supporting other projects in Mozambique, namely the expansion of Maputo airport and the creation of a technology center.

Trade between China and Mozambique has been increasing and totaled US$208 million in 2006, or 26 percent more than in the previous year. (macauhub)