The Rice Research and Innovation Institute of Chinese company Yuan Longping High-Tech Agriculture Co. is due soon to send some technicians to Guinea-Bissau to support a group of farmers, who recently underwent training at that institution, to make their rice plantations more profitable, officials said in Bissau on Tuesday.
The announcement was made by the executive director of the Platform of Associations of Rural Women’s Associations of Guinea-Bissau (AMC-GB), at the end of the meeting between the Minister of Agriculture, Nicolau dos Santos and a team from the institute, located in the Chinese city of Changsha, capital of Hunan province.
The Institute’s three-person team led by its overseas training officer, Chek Xiaoling, left Guinea-Bissau after five days, during which he accompanied the farmers in the practical application of the lessons learned at Yuan Longping High-Tech on agricultural production.
Members of the team supervised the practical application of the knowledge acquired in China by AMC-GB members and advised them, for example, on how to produce hybrid rice and increase the grain’s productivity to 15 tons per hectare without using chemicals.
The executive secretary of AMC-GB also revealed that a new group of farmers from this organisation will soon travel to Changsha for training at that Chinese research and innovation institution.
Alexandrina Marino Mane, executive secretary of the Association of Economically Active Women (AMAE) in the country, added that the Chinese team also went to Guinea-Bissau to find out about the difficulties the group faces in its activities after training in China.
Throughout their stay, the Chinese technicians visited the experimental agricultural field of the Campossa Group Association in the eastern region of Bafatá, where they learned about the production of hybrid rice, with the assistance of other technicians from China.
Marino Mane said that at least 2,500 Guinean farmers, including 150 AMC members, have benefited from training at the institute over the past 15 years.
The head of the Chinese delegation said that the institute was named Yuan Longping in honour of the Chinese scientist and farmer who developed the first varieties of hybrid rice in the 1970s. (macauhub)