A delegation of Chinese technical personnel will soon arrive in Bissau to begin a project to manufacture tractors and other agricultural machinery in Guinea-Bissau, said Beijing’s ambassador in the West African country.
Wang Hua made his statement during a Friday ceremony during which he delivered to the Guinea-Bissauan government machinery and other goods meant to help produce rice, “so that the country can become self-sufficient in this cereal”.
The donation comprised agricultural machinery, specifically tractors, as well as seeds and fertiliser, among other production goods used to plant rice.
Wang stressed that Guinea-Bissau has natural resources such as plentiful water, arable land, a good climate and above all farmers, whereby the country can produce enough for domestic consumption and also export surpluses.
Guinea-Bissauan President José Mário Vaz in turn thanked China for the donation, adding that the production goods would delivered directly to his country’s farmers.
Vaz said that agricultural transformation and diversification are currently a national priority, which will necessarily involve gradual mechanisation of the production chain and eventual marketing of the products in Guinea-Bissau. (Macauhub/CN/GW)