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Tuesday, 09 February 2016

Chinese Agricultural Technology Helps Improve Tanzanian Farmers' Lives

Tanzanian farmer Zulfikar Mituro now can "comfortably support his family, and managed a somewhat luxury life" thanks to the rice farming technology he gained from a China-aided center. "Production has dramatically shot up here. It's a miracle," said Mituro, a paddy rice farmer based at Ikwiriri in Rufiji district of Tanzania's Coast region. "Before getting Chinese technology and training support, I used to get between 15 and 20 bags of rice per hectare, but now I can get up 44 bags using hybrid Chinese rice variety," he said, adding that his life has improved for the better as the production has increased both in quality and quantity. Mituro's five children are now all at school, which is not so easy a feat in a country where the majority live below two dollars per day. And the farmer is also thinking about running a rice mill of his own. Mituro is just one of thousands farmers in the east Africa nation who have benefited from the Demonstration Center of China Agriculture Technology, located at Dakawa in Morogoro region. Prof. Chen Hualin, the center's director, said his center has trained over 2,000 farmers mainly from Coast and Morogoro regions since its creation in 2012. He said the center has 11 Chinese experts who work closely with their local peers in assisting farmers to follow best crop husbandry practices.

Source: All Africa