The Chinese Minister of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Dr. Qu Dongyu, has met with the Ambassador of Sri Lanka in Beijing, dr. Karunasena Kodituwakku, last week. The aim was to enhance China’s cooperation with Sri Lanka in the field of Agriculture.
The Vice Minister appreciated the uninterrupted friendship between Sri Lanka and China and stated that the Rubber-Rice pact was the milestone, which paved way for the flourishing Sri Lanka - China relations.
During the discussion, Ambassador Kodituwakku expressed Sri Lanka's willingness to establish cooperation with China in the field of food technology, especially in preserving fruits and vegetables. Accepting the suggestion by the Ambassador, the Chinese Minister agreed to provide training opportunities for Sri Lankan officials since there are a number of training institutes in China in the agricultural field, including the Academy, established specially for tropical crops in Hainan province.
According to colombopage.com, during the discussion, China's willingness to exchange modern techniques, knowledge and experience with Sri Lanka in the areas of Market Driven Agriculture Extension, increasing rice production by introducing "Ratoon Rice Crop Technology".