CR20G builds agrifood chains in BRI economies
Local farmers and a staff member from China Railway 20th Bureau Group Corp harvest rice in Xai-Xai, capital of Gaza province in Mozambique. The company has helped farmers in Mozambique achieve stable and high yields. (Photo provided to China Daily)
Xi’an, Shaanxi Province-based infrastructure project provider China Railway 20th Bureau Group Corp, or CR20G, to become an agricultural industry chain builder in markets involved in the Belt Initiative and the Road “during the period of China’s 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-25),” said an executive.
In addition to building railways, schools and water conservation projects, CR20G, a subsidiary of state-owned China Railway Construction Corp Ltd, has helped farmers in its markets in Mozambique and around other African countries to achieve stable and high yields by introducing China’s practical agricultural technologies. , performing related services and applying modern machinery to help them keep grain safe.
Supported by the China-Africa Development Fund, CR20G built a rice processing plant in Xai-Xai, capital of Gaza province in Mozambique, in 2017. The company is managing this project, which is also the largest project in Mozambique. China rice plantation in Africa, for more than four years.
At the end of June of this year, the project completed the rice harvest for the 2020-21 planting season, with a harvested area of 36,000 mu (2,400 hectares) and 16,600 metric tons of rice. All the rice from the harvest was sold in local markets, said Guo Wei, CR20G country manager for Mozambique.
Supported by China’s mature rice planting methods and modern agricultural machinery in local areas, CR20G has provided technical advice and services to local farmers to effectively increase their income and ensure local food security.
In addition to generating a total of 14,000 jobs for local residents in agriculture, transportation and rice processing businesses to date, the project has led more than 500 cooperative producers to carry out planting work. rice. The grain yield per mu has increased from around 200 kg to over 400 kg.
To promote sustainable growth of this project, Guo said the company will constantly seek innovative measures, including the introduction of drones for the management of fields, the construction of modern agriculture and the gradual extension of the industrial chain to the Mozambique in the years to come.
Aside from planting, producing and processing rice, the executive said the Chinese company will deploy more resources to develop an entire industrial chain that integrates animal husbandry, greenhouse vegetables, alcohol brewing, beef processing and other related services to further enrich the local economy.
“We are convinced that we can exploit the new growth opportunities presented by the plans of many countries to build modern agricultural projects, as well as regional transport and service centers, modernize their urbanization and modernize their economies for growth of scale and durable, ”Guo said.
These countries have already experienced years of infrastructure development under the BRI, he added.
Supported by more than 18,400 employees, CR20G is engaged in the design and construction of transportation infrastructure. Its scope of activity is wide and includes real estate development, industrial manufacturing, logistics and trade, rail transport, environmental protection, inspection of engineering projects, design consultancy, education and training.
Besides developing businesses in its domestic market, the Chinese company has established overseas operations management centers in countries such as Angola, Mongolia, Mozambique, Pakistan and Algeria. She also enriched her experience abroad in areas such as the training of foreign personnel as well as project and risk management.
In addition to shipping more daily goods and medical products to BRI-affected markets, China’s outbound non-financial direct investment in these economies climbed 9.9% year-on-year to $ 11.29 billion. dollars in the first seven months of 2021, the Commerce Department said.
“China’s growing ODI in high-end manufacturing, agriculture, digital and innovation sectors is likely to lead to a new round of ‘globalization’ for domestic companies,” said Zhao Ping, deputy director of the Beijing-based Academy of China Council for the Promotion of International Trade.
This will provide opportunities for other countries to strengthen their ties with China and increase their ability to avoid risks, as the country has kept the global supply chain running smoothly, Zhao said.
The BRI will not only strengthen trade ties between Asian, African and European countries, but will also pave the way for Africa to become an important part of the global supply chain and attract more foreign capital. This will help boost the continent’s development and improve people’s livelihoods, said Wang Tiedong, a professor specializing in regional economic development at the Beijing University of International Affairs and Economics.