On February 21st, Ambassador Wang Xuekun attended and spoke at the opening ceremony of the African Regional Workshop on the Application of Juncao Technology, which focused on the topic of "Applications of Juncao Technology and Its Contribution to the Achievement of Sustainable Agriculture and the Sustainable Development Goals".
Ambassador Wang stated that the Juncao technology is a successful practice that China has developed to promote poverty reduction and eradication. This technology can be used for cultivating mushrooms, raising livestock, producing biogas, and preventing soil erosion. Since President Xi Jinping personally promoted the global implementation of Juncao technology in 2001, it has successfully taken root in 106 countries and helped numerous farmers to lift themselves out of poverty. It is indeed a “prosperity grass”, and “happiness grass”.
Ambassador Wang also mentioned that Juncao technology was first introduced in Rwanda in 2006. After years of development, over 35,000 farmers in Rwanda have received relevant technical training, and more than 3,800 households, 50 companies, and cooperatives have been supported to engage in the pertinent business. Through the agricultural cooperation between China and Rwanda, Rwanda has made significant progress in poverty reduction, sustainable agriculture development, and climate change response. With abundant natural resources, fertile soil, favorable climate, and diligent people, the African continent has vast potential for the development of Juncao technology. China is willing to share development experience and technology with African countries, further deepen mutually beneficial cooperation, and jointly promote the implementation of the African Union Agenda 2063 as well as the United Nations' 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.
The workshop was jointly organized by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources of Rwanda, and the China National Engineering Research Center for Juncao Technology of Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University of China. It brought together policymakers, entrepreneurs, and scholars from Rwanda, Nigeria, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Eritrea, and the Democratic Republic of Congo, and is committed to promoting the application and dissemination of Juncao technology in Africa. Dr. Olivier Kamana, the Permanent Secretary of The Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources of Rwanda, Dr. Florence Uwamahoro, Deputy Director General of the Rwanda Agriculture Board, Mr. Ozonnia Ojielo, UN Resident Coordinator in Rwanda, and representatives from the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs and Dr. Lin Dongmei, Deputy Director of China National Engineering Research Center for Juncao Technology of FAFU also attended and gave speeches.