Chinese investment boosts Africa’s agricultural development

late September the start of the harvest in Zambia mingi Hebrew ghetto is busy harvesting wheat at a farm of junking estates the largest Chinese invested agriculture company in Zambia through years of hard work winger was promoted to a senior technician and workshop manager and a company also built a new house for him he said this job has changed his life and particularly for his children my three daughters the school that they went to you see across the edge Samba one of the best schools in in Zambia so if I not come to this place the elephant of Gandia they went that was mean we come here every year the company sent several technicians to train in China in 2011 Moo Inga went for 20 days and for him it was illuminating lieutenant was very helpful very good everyone is cutted from the smallest firm of the biggest their food very simple machines for small farmers media machines but of small combine harvesters a lot of this and that and then the government the government's policies is very good there to help everybody junking Estates was established in Zambia in 1994 co-founded by China National Agricultural Development Group Corporation and China Africa Development Fund after over 20 years of expansion junking estates now consists of one man farm and three branches mainly planning crops in breeding livestock join cello has been managing junking these dates since 2013 german he said the company will always keep its commitment to local farmers and community by the way can get information I think one the most important things is the localized operation which is the key to our survival their only Chinese staff here but we employ over 270 local farmers through their work at the farm they can learn more advanced farming skills in technologies which sets a good example for nearby farmers they can transfer these technologies and scales in the future to antonyms that drunken estates has created over three thousand and three hundred jobs in Zambia since its establishment and the farm production is very high the annual number of layers is one hundred thousand and the daily AG production is fifty thousand the company also produces over four thousand tons of crops for Lusaka smarted each year which accounts for 8 percent of the Capitals and new production wheat is a major crop at this farm so modern farming technologies and localization of operations drunken estates wheat production has been a young year increase 2015 is expected to hit a record high the Zambian government is expecting more agricultural co-operation with Chinese companies due to drunk in a state's performance at harvest time given Lavina the Zambian minister of agriculture and livestock visited junking estates he was impressed by what junking has done and gave his back into Junkin expanding its operations but there are many other Chinese companies that are like to invite to come to Zambia to come and learn from what John Keynes is doing so they can also come and invest in Zambia I am currently discussing with some Chinese companies to set up what we are going to refer to as the China Zambia agricultural corporations on which is going to have a training school for agriculture is going to provide machinery is going to provide inputs but also is going to provide the much-needed market for Zambian farmers besides these large-scale farms many Chinese companies also built a number of agricultural technology demonstration centres in African countries including Tanzania Rwanda and Mozambique since 2012 this demonstration Center in Tanzania has trained one thousand and one hundred Tanzanians including agricultural officials technicians and local farmers may call you at the park güell every month many local farmers come to our Center and learn we presented them with all the advanced of farming technologies and our ladies are seized and their growth the farmers are very happy to see that and hope to bring this back to their farms for trial use cooperation between China and Africa agriculture has grown deeper and wider in recent years to enter homes that many Zambians he works with want to have their own farms and he hopes that those farmers in Chongqing he states could use all the technologies and skills they learned to realize their hopes let si si


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