CLAAS supports German-Zambian agricultural training centre

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Source: CLAAS Group

Berlin/Harsewinkel --

On the sidelines of the International Green Week (IGW), which took place in Berlin in January, Federal Minister of Agriculture Dr. Hans-Peter Friedrich and his Zambian counterpart Robert Sichinga signed an agreement to establish a German-Zambian agricultural training and knowledge centre.

Together with other German companies, the agricultural technology company CLAAS is supporting the plan and will provide an ARION 600 series tractor free of charge for use in the project. CLAAS is also planning to support the project with a combine harvester.

The joint venture will operate on an area of 64 ha within the GART agricultural research centre (Golden Valley Agricultural Research Trust), located roughly 60 kilometres north of the Zambian capital of Lusaka. Operations should start in late summer along with the first harvest.

This economic joint venture project will form part of the bilateral cooperation programme of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL). The aim of the German-Zambian agricultural training and knowledge centre is to transfer knowledge to farmers and technical workers through realistic training units which use modern agricultural technology and sustainable growing practices, especially in the area of potato and grain production. The new centre will also make an important contribution to food security in Zambia and to the development of a modern agricultural system in the country.

Federal Minister of Agriculture Dr. Hans-Peter Friedrich (centre) and Zambian Minister of Agriculture, Robert Sichinga (left), sign the agreement to establish a German-Zambian agricultural training and knowledge centre. Steven van Kooten-Niekerk of agricultural technology manufacturer CLAAS sup-ports the agreement. The discussions were held on the sidelines of the International Green Week in Berlin in January 2014 during the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture.

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