GWERU, Zimbabwe, (Xinhua)--
Chinese ambassador to Zimbabwe Huang Ping
on Monday urged Zimbabwe to increase agricultural
production for exports into the huge Chinese market.
the two country’s economies were highly complementary,
especially in the agriculture sector where Zimbabwe has
huge production potential while China has a huge market.
countries therefore need to strengthen their cooperation
in the sector where there are vast opportunities for
value addition, he said.
Huang was speaking at a joint press conference with
World Food Program (WFP) Zimbabwe country director Eddie
Rowe ahead of the launch of a Chinese-funded resilience
building project in Zvishavane, Midlands Province on
potential to produce agricultural produce is huge, but
of course you need to have a market for that produce and
that is something that China can offer,” the ambassador
Zimbabwe could produce citrus fruits, horticulture
products and meat products for exports into China.
transfer technology to Zimbabwe to help it process some
of its perishable horticultural produce before exporting
it to China, the Chinese envoy added.
that he was pushing for export clearances between the
two countries to be completed so that Zimbabwe can
expeditiously begin large-scale agriculture exports into
targeting to start with citrus imports from Zimbabwe and
then expand into other products like avocados, tomatoes
and flowers, he said, adding that two Chinese experts
were recently in Zimbabwe to assess the feasibility of
Zimbabwe exporting citrus fruits into China.
land reform program in 2000, Zimbabwe used to be one of
the major African countries exporting horticulture
products into the European Union.
exports constituted Zimbabwe’s second largest
agricultural export earner after tobacco.