The Chinese Government, in collaboration with the Federal Government of Nigeria, has commenced an Agricultural Technical Training Programme for 40 members of staff of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. The training, which is being undertaken by CGC Nigeria ltd, a Chinese company, is expected to be rounded off by Friday, June 17.
The training is aimed at building the capacity of agricultural officers. The pioneer training programme is expected to cover rice and vegetable cultivation, soil and fertiliser management, agriculture machinery operations, seed production and inspection. The training is to provide participants with knowledge and basic skills that would enhance their competencies and basic skill in order to further enhance productivity in the agricultural sector. It was introduced as a follow up to President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit to China in April 2016, where bilateral cooperation was intensified in the area of trade and agriculture.
Nigerian agricultural scientists and technicians are expected to take the opportunity to enrich themselves with the understanding of Chinese agricultural development and its rich experience.
The Chinese Economic and Commercial Councillor in Nigeria, Mr Zhao Linxiang said that the agricultural development in China and Nigeria was highly complementary, with great potential for cooperation. He also stated that it was important to strengthen personnel training to enhance the agricultural cooperation between the two countries. He expressed his belief that through this training programme, experience can be obtained and lessons learnt for similar training courses in the future.
The programme was declared open by the Charge d’Affaires of Chinese Embassy in Nigeria, Mr Qin Jian.