Rwandan officals stress importance of cooperation with China on Juncao technology

Juncao technology, which can be used for producing mushrooms, animal feed and biomass fuel, is very important to Rwanda. That is why a close cooperation with China on the use and development of this technology is so important, said a Rwandan agricultural official on Friday.

Use of the Chinese Juncao technology is in line with the government's vision of having a commerce-driven agricultural sector, noted Patrick Karangwa, director general of Rwanda Agriculture Board, at the closing ceremony of a training course on the technology. The 25-day training course, attended by 45 Rwandan people from both public and private sectors, was sponsored by China's Ministry of Commerce and taught by experts from China's Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University.

Juncao, which literally means "mushroom" and "grass," refers to a Chinese-invented technology using grass to grow mushrooms. China has shared the agricultural technology with over 100 countries. Its use can help increase local income through low-cost mushroom cultivation and contain desertification by providing a new source of cattle feed.

Karangwa noted in his address that being a high value commodity makes mushroom one of the potential strategic choices for Rwanda's agricultural transformation. Meanwhile, mushroom as food can help improve the nutrition and health situation in the central African country.


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