More than 120 international students at Jiangsu University in Zhenjiang, East China's Jiangsu province recently took agricultural machinery classes at the city's Shiyezhou Agricultural Technology Company Incubator.
The students, who are from over 10 countries along the Belt and Road, including Somalia, Ghana, Pakistan and Zambia, observed the harvest process on farms, listened to lectures on agricultural technologies, and learned to operate some equipment during the classes.
Ma Zheng, director of the research institute for field crops harvesting equipment of the School of Agricultural Engineering, spoke about his current research and the market demand for rape harvesters.
Professor Chen Shuren from the school then gave detailed descriptions of the core parts of a rape combine developed by the university's Institute of Harvesting Equipment and Jiangsu World Agriculture Machinery Group. According to Chen, the combine can harvest more than 30 mu (2 hectares) of rape crops each day, equivalent to the workload of about 20 humans.
A student from the Democratic Republic of the Congo said introducing the harvester to his country will help bring prosperity to his people.
As of the end of 2021, Jiangsu University had trained more than 1,400 agricultural equipment specialists in countries along the Belt and Road.