WINDHOEK, The Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry (MAWF) is hosting a two-day Namibia-China Agriculture Information Sharing Seminar to exchange information which can identify possible areas of future co-

operation in the agricultural sector.

The Ministry's Permanent Secretary, Percy Misika, said during the official opening here Wednesday that the agricultural sector was considered the backbone of Namibia's economy, as about 70 per cent of the population depended directly and indirectly on agriculture in terms of food, income and employment.

"The sector was also identified as the highest employer in the country with 21 per cent of the entire labour force during 2016," noted Misika. who added that by 2022, Namibia should have increased its food production by roughly 30 per cent to move its inhabitants from poverty to prosperity.

Misika noted that China is a great example which Namibia can learn from, as it developed within 38 years through agricultural production. He highlighted the fact that China can feed almost 20 per cent of the world's population, simply because it extensively mechanised its agricultural sector.

The Economic and Commercial Counselor at the Chinese Embassy in Namibia, Liu Huabo, expressed appreciation for the diplomatic relationship between Namibia and his country since March 1990 through investments which have expanded to more industries.

Liu said about 60 China-aided projects have been implemented and distributed all over the country. "Priority and practical local conditions of Namibia is within China's best ability to support and reduce poverty, strengthen capacity-building and to improve people?s livelihoods," he said.

Liu noted that the two Governments have new proposals for co-operation which include agriculture, education, infrastructure, energy and renewable energy.