Botswana on Monday launched a ceremony to celebrate a harvest of Chinese water-saving and drought-resistant rice in the southern African country.
The project, which started in 2020, was conducted through a collaboration between the Botswana University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (BUAN) and African Agriculture Pty Ltd.
Under the project, seeds were obtained from China while organizations such as the Shanghai Agrobiologically Gene Centre, An Hui China, and the Jiangsu Provincial Seed Department provided advice as needed.
After testing seven types of rice, the amount of rice produced as a result of the trials reached 9 tonnes per hectare.
“This is a milestone in the agriculture sector, a historic event that indeed deserves a celebration,” said Slumber Tsogwane, Acting President of Botswana, during the ceremony in Gaborone, Botswana.
Rice trials will be expanded to areas such as Maun, Tuli Block, Borolong, and Pandamatenga, among others.
“Investments in arable agriculture will stimulate private sector development, create employment, create value-addition opportunities, and enhance food security and ultimately exports,” Tsogwane said. Enditem