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Chinese companies attend Uganda’s biggest farmers expo

KAMPALA, (Xinhua) -- Chinese companies are among over 200 firms attending Uganda’s biggest farmers’ event, the Harvest Money Expo, that started in Kampala on Friday.

John Kakande, editor at The New Vision, a government-run newspaper that organized the second edition of the expo, told Xinhua the event this year focuses on irrigation because of changing weather patterns.

Chinese exhibitors at the expo included Hangzhou Agrochemicals and China Huangpai Food Machines (U) Ltd.

Charles Kyalema, sales executive of Hangzhou Agrochemicals (U) Ltd., told Xinhua the firm’s markets have grown extensively in Uganda in the last 10 years.

Farmers around Uganda find the firm’s products affordable and effective, Kyalema said.

“We have excellent agrochemicals for rice growing, fruit and vegetable growing, maize growing and coffee growing, which are all made in China,” he added.

Talian Company Ltd. is also an exhibitor at the expo. Its marketing director, Jimmy Ochaya, said Talian is the sole agent of Shandong Xingfeng Flour Machinery Co. Ltd. in Uganda.

“We are receiving very positive feedback from the people who need machinery from China, not only from Uganda, but also from Kenya and Rwanda,” he said.

Shandong Xingfeng deals in flour milling machinery for maize, wheat, cassava and rice.

About 10 Dutch companies are also present at the expo. They are mainly involved in dairy, horticulture, seeds, and agricultural machinery sectors.

The expo attracted several thousand people, including Fred Otai, who travelled from Soroti, about 300 km away from the capital Kampala.

“This is a very great idea by the New Vision,” Otai said. “I will find a lot of information in agriculture in one place and also be able to visit many exhibiting stalls.”

Agriculture is a backbone of Uganda’s economy, employing almost 80 percent of the population, who are largely smallholder farmers using rudimentary methods.

           

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