FOUR YEARS LATER : Chinese ambassador to Mozambique formally hands over agricultural research centre......
China builds agricultural technology research centre in Mozambique
AUGUST 26TH, 2009
Maputo, Mozambique, 26 Aug – A Chinese Agricultural Technology Research and Transfer Centre is being built on the site next to the Umbeluzi Agricultural Station, in the Baone district of Maputo, reported the Notícias newspaper in Maputo on Tuesday.
The construction of the infrastructure, work on which should be completed by the first quarter of 2010, is the result of an agreement signed in 2008 between the Mozambican and Chinese governments, through the Science and Technology and Agriculture Ministries.
Under the terms of the agreement, China will build two agricultural research centres – the one in Umbeluzi and the Moamba Technology Park – an investment of US$700 million.
The centre to be built in Umbeluzi will have specific laboratories for natural and biological sciences, areas for planting several crops as well as for the development of aquiculture. (macauhub)
Maputo, Mozambique, – 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)