By Ronald Ssekandi and Yuan Qing KAMPALA, (Xinhua) --
Uganda is in its second phase of implementing the South to South
Cooperation program aimed at boosting agricultural production in the East
Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Country Representative to Uganda, told
Xinhua in an interview that there is evidence that the model of farming,
featuring sending Chinese experts to work and impart knowledge in the African
fields, is boosting production.
2-million-U.S.-dollar program is a result of a request by Uganda to China
a tripartite agreement with Uganda and FAO has been sending agriculture experts
to Uganda to share experiences on improving agriculture production in a bid to
other experts argue that since agriculture is the mainstay of many African
economies, this model of farming, borrowing from the Chinese experience, is
critical to the continent’s development.
sending African officials abroad for training, he said the Chinese practice of
working in the field together with local African farmers is a better way, as
farmers can always ask questions and share their experiences directly.
program was started in Uganda back in 2012, there are indications that farmers
have been adopting new farming techniques and technologies from the Chinese.
agronomists have also introduced high-yielding crops that are fast growing and
do not require a lot of acreage.
the trials of the growth of Chinese hybrid rice show that it yields three or
four times more than the local breed. Similarly the yield of the Chinese
fox-tail millet is two times more than the local breed, finger millet, in the
Also as a
result of this South to South cooperation, a 220-million-dollar Chinese agri-industrial
park is being constructed in the central part of the country.
2,500-acre industrial park will be dedicated to rice farming, poultry,
horticulture, and fish farming. It will also include agribusiness, value
addition, use of renewable energy and agro-machinery.
the Ugandan government, the facility will be a model agricultural industrial
park where people can learn from and know more about Chinese technologies.
that the success of the South to South cooperation program in Uganda shows that
it can be replicated elsewhere in Africa.
FAO, the aim of the South to South cooperation is to boost sustainable
agricultural and rural development, tackling food insecurity and poverty, and
improving resilience of agriculture to natural disaster around the Global South.
a ministry of agriculture official, told Xinhua in a recent interview that
Africa needs to make policies and implement them to achieve the desired results.
He said this
discipline has been instrumental in fast tracking China’s development over the
last 30 years, while urging agriculture officials who have trained in China to
share their experiences when they come back home so that appropriate policies
“We can not
continue to talk about how China has developed in the last 30 years without us
having a clear road map on how we can do it. We don’t have to reinvent the
wheel, the wheel is already running, you just have to hasten the opportunities,”
from his various training in China and elsewhere, there must be a deliberate
effort to develop agriculture especially if a country derives its livelihood
He said like
China, many African countries must master the importance of value chain
visited China, we realized that when you talk of any commodity, the government
addresses the entire value chain, they will know where the seed comes from, who
will produce it, how they will add value and where it will be marketed,” he
“If we can
adopt that idea of promoting the entire value chain of a given commodity, we
shall go very far in utilizing Chinese agricultural technology,” he added.