Namibia will soon source experts from China to train local farmers on aquaculture to transform the industry and improve production. The deputy minister of fisheries and marine resources, Samuel Ankama, requested the Chinese government to provide expertise, through a cooperation agreement that was signed between the two governments this week.
The agreement between the Namibian and Chinese governments focuses on Animal Health and Quarantine and the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO). The agreement requires the participation of the private sector in projects focusing on value addition to agricultural products.
The first phase of the agreement saw 15 Chinese experts in agriculture dispatched to Namibia. Agriculture minister John Mutorwa said the 15 Chinese imparted valuable technical knowledge and skills to local farmers and technicians. He added that the Chinese experts also introduced agricultural technologies and new rice varieties, suitable for Namibia’s climatic conditions. Mutorwa also encouraged business people from both Namibia and China to explore business opportunities. –The Namibian/