Addis Ababa — Ethiopia and China have been enjoying extensive cooperation, especially in the agriculture sector, said Tefera Deribwe, Ethiopian Minister of Agriculture, noting Ethiopia is keen to further strengthen the existing cooperation in the sector.
Tefera and Han Changfu, Chinese Minister of Agriculture, on Thursday met in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and discussed ways of further strengthening cooperation between the two countries in the agriculture sector.
The two officials signed documents to strengthen the existing cooperation and enhance activities including new initiatives in areas of agriculture research, extension, agricultural vocational training activities, demonstration and training centers as well as deployment of Chinese experts in agricultural technical and vocational training centers.
The Ethiopian minister told reporters that Ethiopia and China have been cooperating bilaterally in the area of agricultural technical and vocational training, whereby Chinese experts have been deployed in Ethiopia since more than a decade back to train Ethiopian development agents.
Currently, about 30 Chinese experts have been deployed in the four regions of Ethiopia, including Ahmara, Tigray, Ormoia, and the southern region, where the Chinese transfer knowledge, skill, and technology to Ethiopian experts, according to the minister.
He also stated that under the South-South cooperation, Ethiopia and China have cooperated and established agriculture demonstration and training center, which is designed to serve not only Ethiopia but also other African countries.
The center is at its final stage and it will commence providing training to development agents, farmers and experts in a couple of weeks time, said the minister, adding experts from different African countries will come to the center for training.
"It is mainly skill training center, which will definitely contribute a lot to our capacity building activity in the agriculture sector," said Tefera.
He further noted that his country is working with Chinese partners to establish African Bamboo Training Center in Ethiopia, which will enable Ethiopia to tap its bamboo resource and potential. "Our resource in terms of bamboo is first in Africa. But, we are not able to tap this huge potential and resource so far. So, we would like to use our resource; to this end, we are given the opportunity to establish this training center and we are working with our Chinese partners," said Tefera.
He said Ethiopia would like to take the existing cooperation with China in agriculture further forward as the Chinese have agricultural technologies that definitely transformed their agriculture.