Chinese Boosts Agricultural Production and Serves Local Economic Development
—2019 Training Workshop on “Chinese +” Agricultural Production Technology for Equatorial Guinea Concludes

[Source]    Confucius Institute at UNGE [Time]    2019-12-05 16:36:56 

On November 26th, local time, the closing ceremony of 2019 Training Workshop on “Chinese +” Agricultural Production Technology for Equatorial Guinea, sponsored by the Confucius Institute at National University of Equatorial Guinea (UNGE), organized by Nanjing Agricultural University (NJAU) and the Agriculture Department of the Faculty of Engineering in UNGE, was held at UNGE. Filiberto Ntutumu Nguema, Rector of UNGE, Diosdado Nguema Obono, Secretary-General of UNGE, Fermin Mba Mendjími, Deputy Secretary-General of UNGE, Nemecio Ngua, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Qi Mei, Chinese Ambassador to Equatorial Guinea and other guests attend at invitation. About 190 people attended the ceremony, including 25 students from the training workshop and other representatives of the Confucius Institute and UNGE.

Qi Mei quoted an old Chinese saying that “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach him how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime” to illustrate the aim of this program. She said that the proposal and implementation of the “Chinese +” project emerged as a practice in which the Confucius Institute starts from Chinese to boost development in other fields, an embodiment of the cultural cooperation among the Eight Major Initiatives in collaboration with Africa. She also hoped that all students could apply what they had learned into practice and make more contributions to the development of Africa and the friendship between China and Equatorial Guinea.

Qi Mei delivering a speech

Ntutumu expressed his gratitude to the Confucius Institute and NJAU for their contributions to the upgrading of local agricultural production technology and highly appreciated the talent training model of Chinese plus agricultural. He hoped that the students would apply the techniques they had learned into practice and impart them to more Equatorial Guineans.

Ntutumu delivering a speech

Mr. Nemecio extended his gratitude to the Confucius Institute for providing such a training opportunity and hoped that more “Chinese +” professional skill training workshops would be held and achieve effects in UNGE.

The training workshop lasted for six days. Chinese experts from NJAU gave several lectures on topics such as new techniques of vegetable seedlings, green prevention and control of vegetable diseases and pests, plant control of solanaceous vegetable and seeding techniques of vegetable grafting.

Lecture on specific topics

At the same time, to integrate theory with practice, experts took students to various practice bases for practice training, where students experienced plug seedling, grafting, plant control and other techniques. In the local vegetable plantation, students observed techniques such as greenhouse planting and artificial-rainfall-like sprinkler irrigation; in the local plantation of high mountain fruit and vegetable, they studied and analyzed diseases and pests. During this period, Fernando Panades Garcia, Foreign Director of the Confucius Institute, assisted in interpreting.

Students learning grafting techniques

The training workshop also offered courses such as Basic Chinese, Chinese for Agriculture, and Chinese Martial Arts. Students learned to greet others and introduce themselves in Chinese, and learned related terms of agricultural Chinese as well. Wu Xiaolong, Leader of the Martial Arts Club of the Confucius Institute, also led students to learn martial arts moves and experience the unique charm of Chinese martial arts.

Chinese class

The six-day training workshop enabled the students to master the agricultural knowledge and operating techniques taught by the experts. They all said that the teaching and practice training enriched their experience. RAMóN, a young teacher in the Department of Agriculture, served as both a student and a teaching assistant of the workshop. He said that as language could be an obstacle to learning Chinese agricultural technology, he expected that the Confucius Institute could offer more Chinese courses on agriculture so that students could learn both technology and Chinese, thereby motivating more agricultural workers in Equatorial Guinea to learn advanced agricultural knowledge from Chinese experts.

Issuing certificates

This training workshop is another attempt by the Confucius Institute to carry out multilateral cooperation and serve the local society with the “Chinese +” model. By training excellent agriculture majors and local farmers, Chinese and vocational and technical training were integrated, and scientific and technical talents specialized in both Chinese and professional expertise cultivated. This would boost the development of local agricultural technology and popularity of the Confucius Institute. In the future, the Confucius Institute at UNGE will further apply the “Chinese +” model to serve the local society, and promote exchanges and cooperation between China and Equatorial Guinea in various fields.

Trainees and guests

Xinhua News Agency conducted a live interview on this training workshop. The event was also covered by such local mainstream media as Television of Equatorial Guinea, Asonga Television, Culture Column of Equatorial State Television, and EL LECTOR.

Story and photo by Jiang Guixi


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