Chinese ambassador to Zimbabwe Huang Ping said this during a meeting with players in the agricultural sector in the Midlands province.
Ping said China, which has a population of about 1,4 billion people, had a ready market for the agricultural sector.
“Zimbabwe should increase its agricultural production to levels that it used to produce,” he said.
“With 1.4 billion people, China can be a market for Zimbabwean produce,” he said.
Ping said Zimbabwe’s potential in agriculture and China’s market potential should bring the two countries even closer.
He said China required beef, goats, fruits and road runners (indigenous chickens) among other things.
“These are the things you are producing and you can produce more,” he said.
While Zimbabwe had the resources, Ping said China had the technology and capital to assist “its all-weather friend”.
“By strengthening this cooperation in this way, both sides can benefit. We need to cooperate on increasing value and adding production,” he said.
Speaking at the same occasion, World Food Programme representative and country director Eddie Rowe said China was one of the countries giving aid to Zimbabwe through his organization.
“The El Nino phenomenon affected Zimbabwe last year and we received food contribution from China through the ambassador which helped thousands of Zimbabweans in rural areas,” he said.
Goods donated by China last year included 20 000 tons of rice and 10 000 tons of fertiliser. A further 12 000 tons of fertiliser would be donated this year, while 300 boreholes would be sunk throughout the country. – New Ziana