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China pumps $3 million to boost local agriculture

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By Watipaso Mzungu:

The Chinese government has given Malawi $3 million (approximately K2.2 billion) to facilitate expansion of modern farming and agriculture technology and improve production.

The support comes as agriculture’s contribution to the country’s Gross Domestic Product is expected to shrink by 0.2 percentage points in 2019 from 27.3 percent to 27.1 percent,

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The funding has been provided through the echnical Cooperation for Agricultural Cooperation between China and Malawi project.

Speaking after signing letters of exchange in Lilongwe on Monday, the Chinese Ambassador to Malawi, Hongyang Liu, said under the new agreement, China will dispatch eight experts to Malawi to conduct research, demonstration, promotion and training on agricultural technologies used in horticulture as well as maize and rice production.

Liu said improving agricultural technologies is one of the dispensable parts of eight major initiatives implemented in collaboration with Africa for Industrial Promotion, Trade Facilitation and Green Development among others.

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“The project will disseminate and share useful technologies with Malawians and conduct bilateral cooperation to help Malawi reinvigorate rural areas. From 2019 to 2021, China will send 500 senior agricultural experts to Africa,” Hongyang said.

He then disclosed that his government will train local youth in agro-science through various channels.

Minister of Finance, Joseph Mwanamveka said the agriculture sector has been facing serious challenges due to climate change among other factors.

“This support cannot be taken for granted. The Government of Malawi will provide all necessary support for smooth implementation of the projects,” he said.

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