A Chinese multinational group of companies CGC on Monday [13 June 2016] kicked off capacity building organized for Nigerian agricultural technicians, an effort aimed at promoting integrated agricultural technology in the West African country….Full Article: AllAfrica June 2016

Key Point

  • A five-day training program was carried out by the China Geo-Engineering Corporation (CGC) which trained 40 officials from Nigeria’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. The training covered rice production, vegetables cultivation, soil/fertilizer management, seed production, farm machinery training, and plant protection practices.

ChinaAg Comments

  • In August 2015, two Chinese companies stated they would invest in northern Nigeria’s agriculture sector. The first, China Geo-Engineering Corporation (CGC) announced plans to develop 9,000 ha of agricultural land in Jigawa. The company has previously carried out road construction and irrigation projects in Jigawa’s largest city, Hadejia. The second, China’s Lee Group, which produces shoes in Jigawa, announced plans to expand into sugar production, molasses and seasoning (e.g. spices) in the near future.
  • In August 2014, China’s Geo-Engineering Corporation International Ltd (CGCINT) was planning to invest in 30,000 hectares of cassava farm land around Pointe-Noire, Republic of Congo. The company was hoping to grow cassava in Congo and ship it back to a China-based cassava starch plant. During the same month, Nigeria announced that China was going to establish a cassava processing plant in southeastern Nigeria (Yakurr Area of the state).
  • Founded in 1982 and headquartered in Beijing, China Geo-Engineering Corporation (CGC) is a state-owned engineering company. The company was among the first in China to implement international projects and as of mid-2016, had offices in Africa (numerous countries), Iran, France, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Kazakhstan, Iraq, Libya, and Laos.

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