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UN-funded Cassava Program Makes Progress

23 July 2013

CHINA - The UN-funded program "Improved Cassava Variety Extension" has made steady progress by China-aided Agro-technology Demonstration Center in the Republic of Congo (ROC). The experts of Chinese Academy of Tropical Agricultural Sciences (CATAS) are taking care of tissue cultured seedlings.


CATAS experts assisting local farmers in cassava cultivation

According to the schedule, the joint program will be completed within 14 months from June 2013 to August 2014. The UN side will provide a total of 7,500 cassava seedlings in three batches to China-aided Agro-technology Demonstration Center in ROC, and the Chinese side will be responsible for the following processes of plant cultivation.When the program comes to an end, China will hand over all cassava stems to the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock of the ROC.

At present, the first batch of tissue cultured seedlings has arrived and received hardening-off treatment in the Demonstration Center for seven days. As of 12 July, 660 qualified seedlings have been transplanted in the soil.

The success of the cassava program shows that China's sophisticated technology of cassava cultivation has been fully recognized by competent international organizations and the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock of the ROC. The program will lay a solid foundation for sustainable development of the Demonstration Center in the future.

After several years of construction by CATAS, the China-aided Agro-technology Demonstration Center was formally unveiled by Chinese Vice Premier Hui Liangyu and Congolese President Denis Sassou N'guesso in Brazzaville on 24 September 2012.

Located in the suburb of Brazzaville, capital of the ROC with an area of 59 hectares, the Demonstration Center has a complete set of facilities like experiment labs, training classrooms, a vegetable production base, a pilot cassava production base and an animal farming base. Its major activities include new variety and breed cultivation, technical demonstration, extension and training, and so on. It is well-received by local government and farmers as a window of agricultural showcase to local communities.

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