No fewer than 100 young Nigerians have been selected to participate in modern Chinese agriculture techniques, which is expected to increase the capacity of the beneficiaries and enhance their productivity. The beneficiaries, who are participating in a three-week overseas training course, which was facilitated by CGCOC Agriculture Development Company, in Abuja, were expected to contribute to the agricultural development programme of the Federal Government after their training.
Addressing the participants, the Director, Comprehensive African Agriculture Development Programme, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Baye Bungwon, noted that the training came at the right time when government was diversifying the economy to agriculture and solid minerals.
He stated that the training would go a long way in building the capacities of public and private sector personnel across the country in the areas of agricultural pests and diseases, grain storage, and mechanisation.
“It is government’s desire that the training will enhance the capacity of agricultural workers who will serve as the required agents of change for a sector that is being repositioned, through the Agriculture Promotion Policy and the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan, to be private sector-driven,” the director said.
Bungwon disclosed that the FG was deepening the private sector-driven Agriculture Mechanisation Framework strategies in partnership with local fabricators and manufacturer representatives.
The Project Officer, Shandong Foreign Trade Vocational College, Xhan Zhongbo, who flew in from China to attend the opening ceremony of the seminar, said that his country had recorded great achievements in agriculture through modernisation and industrialisation.
He explained that China was willing to share agricultural development experience and expertise with Nigeria and other countries, noting that the Chinese Ministries of Commerce and Foreign Affairs had held over 100 training aid courses for foreign trainees since 2012.
He said, “China is willing to share agricultural development experience, unselfishly, to transfer the traditional mode of production, improve added value of products, upgrade the competitiveness of agriculture and promote the development of agricultural technology and trade in Nigeria.”
In his remarks, the Economic and Commercial Counselor, Embassy of China in Nigeria, Mr Zhao Linxiang, said skilled personnel were needed by Nigeria to scale up food production, adding that the nation could enjoy agricultural boom if favourable climate and land were combined with proper technologies.