Barbados and China sign MOU Loop Barbados

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Barbados and China have signed three memorandums of understanding which would allow for the provision of two tractors, technical expertise to grow rice, and the creation of systems for advance hydroponics management.

The agreements are between the Barbados Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (BADMC), and Zoomlion Heavy Industry Science and Technology Co., Ltd.

These agreements were signed by Minister of Agriculture, Food, and Nutritional Security, Indar Weir; Governor of Hunan Provincial People’s Government, Mao Weiming; Deputy Director-General, Hunan Provincial Department of Agricultural and Rural Affairs, Liu Qihua, at the Ministry of Agriculture, Graeme Hall, Christ Church.

Minister Weir thanked the Chinese Government for its assistance, noting that the agreements were important to the achievement of Government’s goals.  

We have set as our objective as a nation to reach full [food] security based on our SDG goals for 2030. The People’s Republic of China, through your ambassador, has been a very good partner, and has given us more than enough to make sure we can bring along our people in agriculture. To this end, we are very pleased with the Upland Rice Project that has proven to be a success and we are happy as we look forward to working on expanding that project to the Pine Basin,” Mr. Weir said.           

China established the initial Upland Rice Project. It provided the technical support for the project, and the rice is cultivated on 78 square metres of land at BADMC’s location in Christ Church. So far, the project has yielded 128 lbs of rice.   

Governor of Hunan Provincial People’s Government, Mao Weiming, stated:

“We are very happy to see the fruitful outcome between the cooperation of Barbados and the Agricultural Department of Hunan, as well as affiliated companies and research institutes in the upland rice planting under the greenhouse construction project.”      

Hunan is one of the top rice producers in the central part China, and has developed an advance industry in agriculture, art and education.

SOURCE: Barbados Government Information Service).