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Namibia, China, FAO to finalise agreement on agriculture cooperation

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The Namibian government and its Chinese partners in conjunction with the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) are in the finalisation stage of the second phase of a cooperation agreement for skills transfer in agriculture sector.

Executive director in the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, Percy Misika on Monday said that the second phase of the skills exchange with the three stakeholders is expected to be completed soon.

Misika said the cooperation agreement will see China availing their agriculture experts to assist Namibia in the implementation of the green scheme project which produces food on irrigation basis.

He said Green schemes are a Namibian initiative to produce food especially horticulture projects through irrigation and are implemented in the North and Northeast parts of the country.

Misika said the first phase was implemented a few years ago and the Namibian government asked for a continuation of the cooperation agreement with China.

He added that the first phase was well done and the country expects the finalisation of the negotiations with the related parties to usher in an implementation in the near future.

“We are definitely going forward with the agreement for as long as we have finalised the memorandum of understanding with China and FAO.’’

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Edited by Hadiza Mohammed/Donald Ugwu

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