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Dr Zhao Yongchen, ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of the People’s Republic of China to Grenada, and Yolande Bain-Horsford, Minister for Agriculture and Lands (Photo: NOW Grenada)

China donates greenhouses to Grenada

Dr Zhao Yongchen, ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of the People’s Republic of China to Grenada, and Yolande Bain-Horsford, Minister for Agriculture and Lands (Photo: NOW Grenada)

Just two months after donating EC$1.2 million in agricultural supplies to the Grenada Government, the Chinese Government is again lending support to the Eastern Caribbean country.

On Saturday, August 20, Dr Zhao Yongchen, ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of the People’s Republic of China to Grenada, handed over two sets of greenhouses to Grenada’s Minister for Agriculture and Lands Yolande Bain-Horsford at a ceremony.

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People’s Republic of China to Grenada Dr Zhao Yongchen (Photo: NOW Grenada)

Measuring 20 metres in length and eight metres in width, the two greenhouses will be installed in Mirabeau propagation station.

Given that agriculture is an essential part of the China-Grenada bilateral cooperation, the Chinese Government has donated agricultural machinery and greenhouses to Grenada to help resume agricultural production and safeguard farmers’ livelihood.

A section of the Mirabeau propagation station in Grenada (Photo: WEE FM)

Through the China-Aid Agricultural Technical Cooperation Project, over the last fifteen years, the Government of China has made significant contributions to Grenada’s agriculture development, including machinery and greenhouses.

More than agriculture

Notwithstanding, the Government of China says its collaboration with Grenada far exceeds agriculture and is widespread, covering various fields, especially during the coronavirus.                                                                       

“The assistance from China to Grenada is comprehensive and covers various fields. At the critical moment in the fight against the pandemic, the Chinese government and companies extended helping hands to Grenada and donated batches of medical supplies. Assistance is also rendered in housing, sports, transportation and human resources capacity building, etc,” a release from the Chinese Embassy in Grenada stated.

“In the spirit of building a community with a shared future for mankind, the Chinese Government and people have been promoting China-Grenada, China-Caribbean, and China-Latin America cooperation and have achieved fruitful results. China is willing to deepen the bilateral cooperation in various fields under the framework of the ‘Belt and Road’ initiative and boost the economic and social development of Grenada,” it continued.

In response to the donation, Bain-Horsford expressed her appreciation to the Chinese Government and people for the constant assistance extended to Grenada’s agricultural development. She added that the Grenadian Government has adopted a stimulus package to help farmers resume production and ensure food and nutrition security.

Grenada’s Ministry of Agriculture and Land Yolande Bains Horsford (Photo: NOW Grenada)

As a result of the donation, the two greenhouses will boost agriculture development and enhance climate resilience in Grenada. The agriculture and lands minister also indicated that she is confident in the prospect of bilateral cooperation in agriculture and committed to extending the scope of cooperation for greater achievement.