China’s centre for agricultural research in Mozambique ready in October

6 August 2010

Maputo, Mozambique, 6 Aug – China’s Centre for Agricultural Research and Technology Transfer in Mozambique, located in the district of Boane, Maputo province is expected to be finished in October, the Mozambican minister for Science and Technology, Venâncio Massingue, said in Maputo Thursday.

The Centre, the first of ten similar facilities to be built in Africa, as part of China-Africa cooperation, will train Mozambican producers in agricultural technologies and in an initial phase will work on research into grains and vegetables. At a later stage it will provide training for animal researchers.

The minister also said that Mozambique planned for the centre to contribute to increasing production for domestic consumption and export.

The project, which was launched in February 2009 is financed by China with 4 million euros, has an area of 56 hectares and is located next to the Umbelúzi Agricultural Station.

Mozambique is paying for energy, water and other materials needed for construction of the building.

In its first three years in operation, Chinese technicians will train Mozambican staff who will be part of the centre’s working team. The team will also be made up of some of the 200 young Mozambicans doing a Masters or Doctorate degree abroad. (macauhub)