March 16, 2010 (KHARTOUM) – The Chinese company ZTE received an allocation of approximately 10,000 hectares of land from the Ministry of Agriculture. The deal aims at boosting production of wheat and maize, state media reported.
ZTE is a technology company but it has invested agriculture in Sudan, Ethiopia and elsewhere in Africa.
Last June the company signed two memoranda of understanding with the Sudanese government, agreeing to establish a fodder factory, remove mesquite trees in Gezira state, cultivate oil seeds in White Nile state, and invest in agriculture in Khartoum state.
A visiting Chinese delegation that included senior agriculture experts was received by Minister of Agriculture Dr. Abdul Halim Ismail Al-Mutaafie on Monday, the official Sudan News Agency (SUNA) reported Monday.
The Chinese visited "many relevant agricultural sites," according SUNA, as well as a technology center that they had established in Al-Fau area and the site of the Chinese company in Northern State.
"The Chinese company was given the agricultural lands in the framework of the joint cooperation between the two countries in the agricultural field toward moving from the stage of successful agricultural experiences to the stage of commercial production, especially in the field of wheat and maize cultivation," stated SUNA.
China is Sudan’s largest trading partner.