of GUIZHOU University, China on Tuesday began a four-day training on modern
agricultural technology designed for African countries.
The move is part of China’s ‘Belt and Road initiative’, global development strategy adopted by the Chinese government involving infrastructure development and investments.
The four-day training attracted 60 participants, which includes lecturers at The Gambia College, farmers and students from UTG agricultural department.
Vice Chancellor Professor Faqir Muhammed Anjum, extended appreciation to the lecturers at GUIZHOU University for helping them to upgrade their faculty staff and facilities.
He said since the professors are specialised in animal sciences and agriculture production, they would like to give assistance to start master’s programmes on agriculture production and animal sciences.
“The other area of collaboration is the establishment of agricultural farming using modern technology which will serve as a modern farm for the community and students. I would appreciate if you can help us in the extension of this agricultural modern farm, since the economy of The Gambia depends heavily on agriculture”.
Also speaking, Momodou Jain, deputy vice Chancellor, who doubles as admin associate professor, acknowledged that agriculture plays a vital component in The Gambia.
He said that without food it becomes difficult to develop any country, saying farming is never complete unless one is able to produce food ready for eating.
Kaddijatou Lamin Njie, head of programmes at FAO said that FAO is pleased to be part of the meeting, as it’s a cause that supports the development agenda of The Gambia.
“It’s part of our mandate to support the country in agricultural production and productivity. We also support policy enhancement for the ANR sector and food systems”, she added.
She spoke highly of their partnership with the University of The Gambia and that they’ve now started supporting the School of Agriculture.
She expressed optimism that they can collaborate further in more areas.
Professor Cheng Jianping Ph.D, professor and associate Dean of GUIZHOU University, thanked the officials of UTG for the warm welcome accorded them.
The purpose of this trip, he said, is to identify the need of agricultural production in The Gambia and also to share their best experiences.