Look­ing ahead

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Ndayirukiye was also one of the par­tic­i­pants on the 11-day train­ing pro­gram in China. He said the train­ing work­shop on sus­tain­able agri­cul­ture de­vel­op­ment in Africa was a re­ward­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Ac­cord­ing to him, the in-class cour­ses and field vis­its in Hunan Prov­ince gave him an over­view of the de­vel­op­ment of China’s agri­cul­ture, vo­ca­tional ed­u­ca­tion as well as a num­ber of agri­cul­tural tech­nolo­gies. Hunan in south China is fa­mous for hy­brid rice pro­duc­tion, where Yuan Long­ping, known as the “fa­ther of hy­brid rice” in China, has ex­per­i­men­tal fields for his “su­per rice.”

“Th­ese vis­its have al­lowed me to deepen my un­der­stand­ing of Sino-african co­op­er­a­tion in the fields of agri­cul­ture and live­stock,” he said. But even more im­por­tant for him is that this work­shop made it pos­si­ble for him to an­a­lyze the ac­tiv­i­ties be­ing car­ried out by Chi­nese ex­perts in Bu­rundi and the chal­lenges they have en­coun­tered. “This has put in place a good ba­sis for the pro­mo­tion of co­op­er­a­tion pro­grams in the field of agri­cul­tural and live­stock tech­nol­ogy ex­change,” he said.

As for fu­ture prospects, he in­di­cated that the Bu­run­dian Gov­ern­ment had al­ready pro­posed a num­ber of pro­grams and projects to the Chi­nese Em­bassy in Bu­rundi, to be for­warded to the Chi­nese Gov­ern­ment. Ndayirukiye hoped that co­op­er­a­tion pro­grams be­tween the two coun­tries will be strength­ened in or­der to im­prove and sup­port Bu­rundi’s agri­cul­tural and live­stock de­vel­op­ment, with a view to achieve sus­tain­able agri­cul­ture and food se­cu­rity in his coun­try. Com­ments to lix­i­aoyu@chi­nafrica.cn

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