Training Workshop on Agricultural Technology for Tanzania Concludes

[Source]    Confucius Institute at the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania [Time]    2019-11-12 08:54:28 
 

On October 30th,local time, the Training Workshop on Agricultural Technology for Tanzania 2019 jointly organized by the Confucius Institute at the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) and the Demonstration Centre of China Agricultural Technology ended in Dakawa Town, Morogoro province. William Anangisye, Vice Chancellor of the University of Dar es Salaam, Ngereza, Director of the Dakawa Center of the Tanzania Agricultural Research Institute (TARI), and Foya Hozeniel, Agricultural Officer at the Mwomero Region, Liu Yan, Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute at UDSM, and Zhong Shuiming, General Manager of Chongqing Zhongyi Seeds Co., Ltd. attended the graduation ceremony. The event was chaired over by Chen Zhengming, Director of the Demonstration Centre of China Agricultural Technology, and attended by experts from the Demonstration Centre of China Agricultural Technology, teachers and 28 students from the Confucius Institute at UDSM.


Group photo

William Anangisye, in his speech, expressed his gratitude to the Demonstration Centre of China Agricultural Technology and the Confucius Institute at UDSM for their contributions to Tanzanian agricultural technology training. William highly praised the development of the Demonstration Centre and its training of farmers. He hoped that the students would apply the skills they had learned into practice and teach skills to more Tanzanians. At the same time, he suggested that a return visit to the trainees should be paid by the Confucius Institute at UDSM, the Demonstration Centre, and the TARI, to learn more about the learning results of the trainees so as to better carry out the training in the future. After that, the guests presented the certificate of completion to the students.


William Anangisye delivering a speech


Issuing a certificate of completion

In this training, Chinese experts brought to the participants lectures on “Rice Seedling Raising and Transplanting Technology”, “Rice Management and Variety Purification Technology”, “Corn Planting and Management Technology”, “Fruit Tree Construction and Management Technology”, “Vegetable Planting and Management Technology”, “Small Agricultural Machinery Technology”. At the same time, the experts insisted on applying technical knowledge to practice and led students to conduct on-the-spot training after the lecture. The students observed rice fields, mango trees, cultivation laboratories, etc., and experienced a variety of small agricultural machines. During this period, Wang Chao, a local teacher from the Confucius Institute at UDSM, assisted in the translation and helped the students solve communication problems.


Lecture on agricultural technology


Students observing the fruit forest

In addition, Chinese language courses and Chinese martial arts courses are also offered in this training. Wang Chao and Dong Hanglu, a volunteer teacher, brought basic Chinese and agricultural Chinese courses to the students respectively. Combining the pictures of the crops with the Swahili notes, the students would soon be able to remember the Chinese vocabulary and be able to confirm the reading without Pinyin. In martial arts class, the teachers of the Confucius Institute at UDSM introduced Chinese martial arts and the methods of health cultivation. The students were very interested in this and practiced every day.


Agricultural Chinese course

After five days of training, the students gained a lot. While learning agricultural technology, they also learned some Chinese and Chinese martial arts. It is Sulie’s second time to participate in an agricultural training workshop. He thanked all the teachers and supporting organizations. He said that agricultural development takes time and needs to start from a few and influence all Tanzanian farmers step by step. He thanked the Confucius Institute at UDSM and the training workshop for providing such training opportunities, and hoped that more farmers would learn advanced agricultural technology in the future.


Students experiencing agricultural machines

Rebecca is a researcher at the Dakawa Center in TARI. The most rewarding part of her training was the Chinese class. This is the first time she has learned Chinese. She thought those words very interesting and useful for communicating with Chinese friends in the future. She believed agriculture is interlinked, but there are language barriers when using some technical vocabulary. She hoped to learn more agricultural vocabulary in the future.


Students observing fruit seedlings

Salehe is both a student and an assistant teacher in this training. He has been working as an intern for three years in the Demonstration Center, and has been able to take the students on-the-spot training alone. He said that before he came here, he only had theoretical knowledge. In the three years here, he enriched his experience and increased his knowledge. He felt that the Chinese experts at the Demonstration Center were as warm to him as his family. In this training, he was responsible for explaining the tissue culture techniques for fruit seedlings on the spot. Salehe said that language has always been an obstacle to learning Chinese agricultural technology. He hoped the Confucius Institute could offer more courses in agricultural Chinese language so that more young people like him could learn Chinese while learning technology, and then drive more Tanzanian agricultural workers.


Salehe explaining the tissue culture techniques for fruit seedlings for the students

Tanzania is a large agricultural country with abundant agricultural resources. This training has influenced some local agricultural workers, and can lead more Tanzanian agricultural workers to improve agricultural technology, so as to promote agricultural development. The Confucius Institute at UDSM will also continue to cooperate with the Demonstration Center to carry out training workshops and publish teaching materials of agricultural technology in Swahili language, further use the “Chinese +” model to serve the local society, and promote exchanges and cooperation in various fields such as agriculture between China and Tanzania.

The event was reported by several local media such as Mwananchi Newspapers and Daily News & Habari News.

Story and photo by Dong Hanglu