The Chinese Agricultural Mission recently donated over EC$1 million in agricultural machinery to the people of Grenada.
On Friday, June 5, Dr Zhao Yongchen, ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of the People’s Republic of China to Grenada, handed over the agricultural machinery to Minister of Agriculture and Land Yolande Bain-Horsford in the presence of representatives from both countries, at the China-Aid Agricultural Demonstration Centre in La Sagesse, St David.
The ambassador noted that the machinery will help Grenada to resume agricultural production and improve farmers’ livelihood.
“China is willing to deepen the bilateral cooperation in various fields under the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative, boost the economic and social development of Grenada, and strengthen the friendship between China and Grenada,” he also shared.
To this end, the Chinese Agricultural Mission will be working with Grenada’s Ministry of Agriculture and Land to introduce new varieties of fruits and vegetables to farming communities across that country.
“China is willing to deepen the bilateral cooperation in various fields under the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative, boost the economic and social development of Grenada, and strengthen the friendship between China and Grenada.”— Dr Zhao Yongchen, ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of the People’s Republic of China to Grenada
In her response, Minister Bain-Horsford thanked the Chinese Government for its time assistance to the ‘Spice Isle’, adding: “These much-needed machinery donated by the Chinese side will help the agriculture sector recover from the impact of COVID-19.”
Like the Chinese ambassador, Grenada’s agriculture minister also expressed optimism in both countries deepening bilateral cooperation in agriculture with the mission.
“The ministry looks forward with great anticipation for the commencement for the trials of many new varieties of fruits and vegetables. We believe this will provide farmers with an opportunity to be exposed to new varieties and techniques for increasing their production,” Bain-Horsford noted.
She added that combining the Chinese donation with the agricultural stimulus package she announced last week would add impetus to efforts aimed at strengthening Grenada’s food security structure.
“The stimulus package provides an excellent start to boost the production, marketing and distribution of agricultural produce. I am also confident that the material and equipment received today will play a major role in the ministry’s mitigation efforts at this time,” the minister remarked.
At a total value of EC$1.2 million, the donation from the Chinese Agricultural Mission includes wheeled tractors, trucks, rotary tillers, along with other equipment and fertilizers. The donation forms part of the China-Aid Agricultural Technical Cooperation Project Phase 7.