The Chinese government has donated more than 200 containers of rice to the Ministry of Disaster Preparedness and Refugees in a bid to help alleviate the looming hunger in the country. The revelation was made by the Minister for Disaster Preparedness and Refugees and Member of Parliament for Lamwo County Hillary Onek during an interview with Daily Monitor in Gulu Town at the weekend…Full Article: AllAfrica Jan 2017

Key Point

  • According to Uganda’s Minister for Disaster Preparedness and Refugees and Member of Parliament for Lamwo County, 80 Uganda districts would each receive 3 containers (~900 bags total) of Chinese rice.

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  • In July 2016, a Chinese-funded agricultural program (one month duration) was held in Butaleja District, eastern Uganda. The program trained more than 30 Ugandans on the cultivation of hybrid rice, foxtail millet (as opposed to Ugandan finger millet), as well as irrigation techniques.
  • 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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