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African farmers visit Ruttland
African farmers visit Ruttland

A group of 13 farmers from across Africa visited the Rutland farm of Andrew Brown last week.

They were part of the Marshall Papworth Trust which provides short agricultural educational courses for farmers from Africa to study here in the UK. The group were from Senegal, Kenya, Uganda, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania and Ethiopia.

Mr Brown gave them a talk on farming in Rutland and the UK and how farmers and governments need to co-operate to face the challenge of increasing world population, climate change and oil becoming more scarce.

They were then taken on a tour of the farm to look at fields of wheat, barley and oil seed rape.

Mr Brown said: “ It is always interesting to meet farmers from other parts of the world and hear that the problems they face are often very similar to our own.

“One of the students Mr Erastus Mwendwa Maluki is a senior chief in his Kenyan tribal area and the equivalent of my current role as High Sheriff”.

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