gwebi3.jpgConstruction of the Gwebi Demonstration Centre for China Agricultural Technology is at an advanced stage with the US$7m dollar project expected to benefit local farmers through use of state-of-the-art agricultural machinery and equipment.

 

The construction of this centre in Zimbabwe is a product of the good relations between China and Zimbabwe.

 

The centre is expected to equip farmers with knowledge on how to use machinery that will improve agricultural production.

 

After touring the project, Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development Minister, Dr Joseph Made expressed satisfaction with progress made and said the demonstration centre will improve the knowledge of irrigation which happens to be the country’s main thrust in agriculture.

 

“The demonstration center will benefit farmers and it will start with production in the fields and the machinery will also process the food which will be sold in the country at the moment. We however have prospects of expanding and exporting the products to china and other Asian states with time,” said Cde Made.

 

Chinese Embassy Commercial Counselor, Mr. Hu Ming said the facility is one of the 10 projects being funded by the Chinese government in Africa.

 

“In 2006 the Chinese government promised to set up agricultural centers in Africa and the Sino Africa project. Its also evidence of the strengthening of the Zimbabwean and Chinese relations,” said Mr. Hu.

 

Director of the centre, Mr. Du Yong Qi said 120 people will be trained at the demonstration centre on how to use the state-of-the-art machines that will be installed at the centre.

China is one of the leading countries in drip irrigation and the construction of the Demonstration Centre for China Agriculture Technology in Zimbabwe is expected to improve agricultural production.

 

Zimbabwe has over the years been sending agricultural experts to china for further training and the new centre is expected to provide agricultural expertise locally.