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China hands over 15,000 tons of wheat and rice to Zimbabwe drought victims

China hands over 15,000 tons of wheat and rice to Zimbabwe drought victims   2012-03-01 20:35:17

HARARE, March 1 (Xinhua) — The Chinese government on Thursday handed over 
15,000 tons of wheat and rice to Zimbabwe’s drought victims to alleviate 
hunger at the Grain Marketing Board Cleveland Depot in Harare.

Speaking at the handover ceremony, J. M. Made, Minister of Agriculture, 
Mechanization and Irrigation Development of Zimbabwe, said the donation 
could not have come at a better time considering the fact that some parts of 
the country are facing food shortages.

“Indeed, the donation will go a long way in alleviating hunger among the 
needy communities especially those that have been affected by erratic 
rainfall patterns that have characterized our agriculture over the past two 
seasons,” he said.

He said the Chinese government has done a lot in terms of assisting the 
agricultural sector in Zimbabwe, as illustrated by the establishment of the 
Agricultural Technology Demonstration Center at Gwebi Agricultural college, 
dispatching of a team of 10 Chinese experts to Zimbabwe, providing training 
opportunities for staff of Zimbabwean agricultural sector, and offering 
credit facilities to support the mechanization program through the provision 
of tractors, implements and combines.

Made said Zimbabwe has the potential to produce enough cereals to feed its 
population but the country’s production capacity has been severely affected 
by economic sanctions imposed by the western countries.

Made and Zhao Yong, councillor from the Chinese Embassy in Harare, signed 
the donation document on behalf of the governments of the two countries.


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