Chinese ambassador to Mozambique formally hands over agricultural research centre

11 July 2011

Maputo, Mozambique, 11 Aug – China’s Centre for Agricultural Research and Technology Transfer in Mozambique, located in the district of Boane, Maputo province was formally handed over by China’s ambassador to Mozambique to the country’s government, Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias reported.

The project cost over US$6 million funded by the Chinese government as part of cooperation between the two countries in the science and technology sector.

The centre, which covers an area of 52 hectares, includes administrative offices, laboratories and housing from researchers, technicians and trainees along with other facilities, as well as fields to carry out agricultural production tests, implement irrigation systems and space for livestock production.

On the occasion, Mozambique’s Science and Technology minister, Venâncio Massingue, said that the centre was an important tool for the agriculture sector, as it would focus on scientific research, training, production and technology transfer for a more effective increase in production and productivity.

In his turn, the Chinese ambassador, Huang Songfu, said that the centre was one of 14 such projects supported by China in Africa and was the first to be finished.

The centre has capacity for 40 trainees, who will stay there for three to six months at a time. (macauhub)