About 21 km north of the Ugandan capital Kampala, in the quiet environs of Makerere University Agricultural Research institute, a Chinese instructor demonstrates how to use Chinese farming technology to boost production. His students, agricultural technicians drawn from different parts of the east African country, carefully listen and watch every move with a keen eye…Full Article: Xinhua July 2016

Key Point

  • A Chinese-funded agricultural program (one month) in Butaleja District, eastern Uganda, is training more than 30 Ugandans on the cultivation of hybrid rice, foxtail millet (as opposed to Ugandan finger millet), as well as irrigation techniques.

ChinaAg Comments

  • In May 2016, construction began on a Chinese-backed agricultural project in Luweero District, central Uganda. According to Uganda’s Minister of Agriculture, the Chinese-financed (~US$220 million from Sichuan Kehong Group) agri-industrial project will focus on rice production, poultry, horticulture cultivation, and aquaculture (e.g. fish farms).
  • In February 2015, Sichuan Kehong Group’s Ugandan division formally became incorporated in Uganda.
  • In August 2014, 31 Chinese agricultural specialists, including tractor manufacturers from Sichuan Province, visited Uganda.
  • In October 2012, the FAO, Uganda and China began the first phase of its agricultural cooperation project, which saw China donate US$1.5 million during the two year project.
  • In 2012, Chinese investors from Sichuan Province visited Uganda.

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