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Published On: Fri, Aug 4th, 2023

China-Aid Project Trained Over 1, 500 Personnel

Jacky Huang, the regional manager of Yuan Longping High-tech Agricultural Company Limited (LPHT) at the Maruo farms in Pacharr Central River Region-North has revealed that the China-Aid Project has so far trained more than 1,500 personnel including local farmers.

Mr Huang revealed these developments recently during an agricultural activity conducted recently at the Maruo Farms, saying that the training included technicians and college students, and a number of grassroots agricultural machinery personnel who have participated in the training course named “Green Super Hybrid Rice in China.”

He revealed that the China-Aid Project of Agricultural Technical Assistance to the Gambia (phase 1-2) has achieved the Phases objectives, noting that the China-aid Project of Agricultural Technical Assistance to the Gambia, was implemented by the Central Project Coordinating Unit (CPCU) of the Ministry of Agriculture and Yuan Longping Agricultural High-tech Co. Ltd.

He noted that 116 sets of agricultural machinery, 12 tons of rice, 9.2 tons of purified regular rice seeds and 6 tons of rice have been donated to the Gambia.

In a similar development, he advanced that the yield of hybrid rice in a core demonstration area was 9.35 tons per hectare, which was 1.6-2 times the yield of the local conventional rice.

“Besides, two hybrid rice varieties were selected for local registrations, and 14 vegetable varieties of 7 categories suitable for local production and cultivation were selected,” he further revealed.

Mr. Huang added that the project has always adhered to the working concept of “joining hands with the Gambia and teaching them how to fish”, and basically formed a working situation with the core demonstration area of Sapu agricultural experimental station in Central River Region as the “selected point”.

He said the rice planting area in Central River Region, Upper River Region and North Bank as the “full picture”, the technical guidance for households/farms as the “method”, and influencing farmers as the “purpose”.

 In conjunction with the National Agriculture Research Institution (NARI) and the National Seeds Secretariat (NSS), he revealed that the project aims to facilitate the implementation of regional hybrid rice experiments, high-yield cultivation technology demonstration and training.

He said it also aims to facilitate agricultural machinery operations’ demonstration, high-quality varieties promotion and irrigation infrastructure construction.

“Benefiting from the promotion of high-yield cultivation technology and the use of adaptive agricultural machinery, large-scale farmers under technical guidance obtained the maximum hybrid rice yield of 10.8 tons/ha, and the average yield of self-management farmers was about 7 tons/ha,” he said. He said the loss results from harvest or milling processing was reduced by about 30% and 8% respectively.

He noted that with the policy support of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Gambia, the project assisted Maruo Farms in establishing a company plus farmer style rice production cooperative and provided technical support to the cooperative in terms of improving the growing environment, raising the level of cultivation, strengthening mechanized production and promoting production organization.

He said that work has been carried out in four aspects with pertinence, namely, high-yield cultivation technology guidance, suitable agricultural machinery and equipment selection, technical training likewise cooperative organization operation.

He revealed that “at present, Maruo Farms has basically realized mechanized production during the whole production process. (Tillage with machine, transplanting with machine, harvesting with machine and processing with machine), and has trained a group of skilled agricultural machinery operators who are proficient in tractors, rice trans-planters, combine harvester and combined rice mills.”

He advanced that its average yield of conventional rice reaches 7 tons/ha, adding that the smooth operation of the cooperative also solves the problem of shortage of materials, equipment and technology, and greatly improves the local farmers enthusiasm for rice production.

He added that about 300 farmers have joined in the cooperative.

Mr Huang concluded that the second phase of the project has been officially launched and in addition to the technical cooperation of hybrid rice and vegetable, the project also includes technical cooperation of main grain crops–millet and corn.

He said that the construction of Janbanjielly vegetable high-yield cultivation technology demonstration zone in west bank Region plans to start in August this year.

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