Chinese Agriculture along the Belt and Road: Inspiring the World with Honesty and Integrity

2017-11-09 09:43:35 , Source : The Government Website of Shaanxi Province

Mike Foley, Lieutenant Governor of Nebraska, USA, expressed his desire for further cooperation with China at China Yangling High-tech Fair (CAF) held recently in Yangling, Shaanxi Province. As one of the sister states of Shaanxi Province, Nebraska provided 3.6 million ton red meat for the US market last year.

“Yangling leads the Chinese agricultural development in sci-tech innovation and management. Hopefully both sides will further cooperation and share experience in strengthening global food security and coping with challenges such as climate change,” said Foley.

As the cradle of ancient Chinese farming civilization, Yangling was said to be the place where Houji, the God of agriculture, taught people to plant and cultivate crops. Book of Han: Western Regions Biography recorded that during Zhang Qian’s unprecedented and pioneering journey from the present day Xi’an to Western Regions in Western Han Dynasty (206 BC-220 AD), the well-digging & cannel-building technology and iron farm tools had been introduced to Central Asia and in return, the seeds of pomegranate, alfalfa and grape had been brought to China.

In 2017, the energetic Yangling has attracted the world’s attention once again. Since the founding of Yangling Agricultural Hi-tech Industries Demonstration Zone upon the approval of the State Council in 1997, particularly since the proposal of the Belt and Road, Yangling has established cooperative relationship with more than 60 countries and regions. 8 international agricultural cooperation park projects have been launched in foreign countries such the USA and Kazakhstan. The 24th CAF in process is also under the theme of “the Belt and Road Boosting Agricultural Modernization”.

A 25-year-old overseas student from Kazakhstan, also a PhD candidate at the Northwest A&F University (NWAFU) said, “Having visited agriculture universities in Germany and Russia, and conducted cooperation with agriculture universities in Japan, I’m deeply impressed by the academic level in Chinese universities, particularly dry farming. Arid land accounts for a large proportion in Kazakhstan, so research conducted in NWAFU is of great significance to me as it the world’s pioneer in the field of dry farming.”

After comprehending the belief “community of human destiny” proposed in Xi Jinping's report to 19th CPC National Congress, he sincerely hope more investments from Chinese agricultural enterprises to Kazakhstan. “On one hand, we have a lot to learn from Chinese enterprises in terms of grain storage and transportation to improve grain utilization rate; on the other hand, the grain produced in Kazakhstan is free from fertilizer and pesticide, which could be used for reference by Chinese enterprises,” he added.

An official of Ministry of Agriculture of Antigua and Barbuda expressed his compliments at the CAF to the Chinese agricultural experts sent by the Chinese Government to help the local farmers with mushroom & garlic planting and aquatic farming in Antigua and Barbuda. He and his countrymen welcome the Belt and Road and hope further agricultural cooperation to improve the living standard and lift the poor out of poverty.

The previous 23 sessions of CAF have attracted tens of thousands of participating enterprises from more than 70 countries and regions all over the world with exhibits of more than 150 thousand and total transaction of RMB 770 billion. The participants in 2016 exceeded 1700 thousand person-times.

Zhang Zhongqiu, National Chief Veterinary Officer, Ministry of Agriculture of the PRC remarked that due to the differences in natural environment in countries along the Belt and Road, the distinctive agricultural industries in different countries are mutually complementary. The Belt and Road Ministerial Roundtable during the CAF will serve as a platform to further practical and multilevel agriculture development.

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