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Rice Was Grown the Traditional Way for Millenia in This Small Ugandan Village Until a Chinese Company Arrived

An exhibitor displays Ugandan-grown Zhong Yi Hybrid Super paddy rice during the FAO-China South-South and Triangular Cooperation conference. Nov. 26, 2019. Image via Xinhua.

Rashidah Mpinga, a large-scale rice outgrower in Kalungu, an agricultural district in Uganda’s Southern Region, gets ready to harvest her rice. She’s going to rent a combine harvester and a tractor from Zhong’s Industries Limited, a Chinese private enterprise.

She expects to harvest over 30 tons of Asian rice from her 10-acre field. Soon after sun drying, Rashidah will take it to Zhong’s processing factory and then negotiate payment.

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