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Ambassador: Why Chinese Projects Train 1000

Ambassador: Why Chinese Projects Train 1000
Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation and Acting Minister for Agriculture, Rural & Maritime Development & National Disaster Management & Meteorological Services Mereseini Vuniwaqa to officiate at the Capacity Building Workshop on Juncao Technology and its Support to Achieve Sustainable Agriculture and the SDGs for Pacific Small Island Developing States at the Tanoa International Hotel in Nadi yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA
June 06
11:42 2018

The Chinese Government has long respected Fiji’s path of development which is conforming to its own na­tional conditions, says China’s ambassador to Fiji.

Speaking at the capacity building work­shop on Juncao Energy at the Tanoa Inter­national Hotel in Nadi on Monday ambassa­dor Qian Bo said development co-operation with Fiji would be unwavering despite any the changes to international and regional landscapes.

“China’s development co-operation to Fiji is selfless and sincere without conditions,” Mr Bo said.

“It showcases the international responsi­bilities of China, as a major country and the sincere aspiration to build a community with a shared future for mankind.

“China will always be a steadfast and reli­able development partner for Fiji and other Pacific island countries.”

He said Juncao Technology, a Fiji-China agriculture project, could help small island countries develop sustainable agriculture, reduce poverty, achieve Sustainable Devel­opment Goals, cope with climate change and promote renewable energy.

“The Juncao project is multi-functional. It can be applied in mushroom cultivation, livestock forage, biomass and soil preserva­tion,” Mr Bo said.

“The cultivation of Juncao grass helps a number of pasture farmers to alleviate lack of green forage in the dry season.”

To date, he said, the project has trained close to 1000 Fijian farmers and techni­cians.

“China’s foreign aid provides not only ma­terials and infrastructure but also capacity building,” the ambassador said.

China has also helped establish the Rice Technical Co-operation project in an ef­fort to revive the rice industry, and help it achieve self-sufficiency in production, en­sure food security and promote the mecha­nisation of agricultural production.

“There will be no development of the world without the development of agriculture and rual areas in the Pacific small island devel­oping states, including Fiji,” he said.

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