Ugandan rice farmers benefit from Chinese agricultural company

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Farmers in Kalungu, Uganda are benefiting from the training on modern planting, weeding, and harvesting techniques provided by a rice farm owned by China-based Zhong’s Industries Ltd.

Through the program, which aims to help farmers increase their household incomes, some individuals have already achieved success and are encouraging others to utilize unused lands for growing rice.

Through a tripartite agreement with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization and some member countries, China has been sending technical experts to Africa through the South-South Cooperation Program.

Read the full story at CGTN

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