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Sino-German Modern Ecological Agriculture Seminar in Liaoyuan Municipality, Jilin
2016-09-01 13:51:00     Source:dcz-China website

On September 1, 2016, the Sino-German Modern Ecological Agriculture Seminar, jointly organized by Department of International Cooperation of Ministry of Agriculture (MOA), Agricultural Committee of Jilin Province and Liaoyuan Municipal Government and supported by the German-Sino Agricultural Center (DCZ) and Liaoyuan Agricultural Committee, kicked off.

Luo Ming, the director of European Division of International Cooperation Department of MOA chaired the opening ceremony. Vice director, Feng Yong from FECC, vice director of Jilin Agricultural Committee Wang Junyan, political director of DCZ Dr. Guth and mayor of Liaoyuan Wang Liping were present at the ceremony and delivered speeches. Over 150 participants including the leaders and experts from national ecological circular agriculture, organic farming and other areas attended the meeting.

On behalf of Department of International Cooperation of MOA and FECC, Feng Yong extended his congratulations for the meeting being successfully held. “President Xi Jinping signed a framework agreement for establishing DCZ in China during his visit to Germany in March, 2014. Therefore, the cooperation between German and China reached a new high. In June, 2016, a Joint Declaration of Intent on seeking cooperation in sustainable agriculture was signed by the agricultural ministries of both countries. DCZ serves as the key platform for promoting modern agriculture dialogue and technical exchange. Liaoyuan is a city with rich biodiversity and agricultural resources. It is endowed with basic conditions and advantages for developing organic agriculture. A Chinese national modern eco-agriculture demonstration park is currently being implemented. I’m convinced that the modern ideas the German and Chinese experts come up with at this seminar will play a leading role in promoting the development and construction of Liaoyuan modern eco-agriculture demonstration park.” said Mr. Feng.

Dr. Guth expressed the importance of modern eco-agriculture for China’s transformation towards sustainable agriculture. He stressed that DCZ will spare no efforts to provide best services and advise to MOA within the Agricultural Policy Dialogue and the Centers’ other components. Both ministries also support decentralized projects in particular in crop farming and animal breeding. He welcomed that current and past representatives of those projects were also invited to share their experiences and ideas during the seminar.

Wang Junyan, on behalf of Jilin Agricultural Committee, extended his warm welcome to all attendees. He pointed out that Jilin is now actively promoting the establishment of the systems of modern agriculture industry, production and operations with priority given to modern agriculture construction in the hope of realizing agricultural modernization as soon as possible. With the support and guidance of MOA, Jilin is following the development concept of “innovation, coordination, green, sharing and open to the outside world”. In recent years, with policy support of “strengthening agriculture, enriching rural areas and benefiting farmers”, Liaoyuan is speeding up its transformation of agricultural production.

Mayor Wang Liping presented the basic status and agricultural characteristics of Liaoyuan. He welcomed all ideas and recommendations from experts and expressed his sincere hope for more cooperation space between local enterprises and enterprises from Germany and other national places. He also hoped that more experience of international agricultural cooperation and eco-agriculture development can be introduced to Liaoyuan and even nationwide.

This two-day meeting mainly included following activities: a seminar with focus on agricultural policies and sustainable practices, a visit to the Chinese modern eco-agriculture demonstration area and agribusinesses in East Liaohe, so well as business talks between German and Chinese companies.

Chinese experts and companies heard about EU policies, the political framework of organic farming in Germany, technologies of straw management and practical approached towards a more efficient fodder and manure management. Although the Chinese side confirmed a gap in terms of technology, equipment, talents, and managerial expertise compared with that of Germany, there were very successful organic farming practices and initiatives presented by the Chinese side.

The field visit and face-to-face communication among enterprises and experts helped deepen Sino-German friendship and exchange of information. Both sides knew about their demands. This laid a sound foundation for further bilateral cooperation.

 

 

On September 1, 2016, the Sino-German Modern Ecological Agriculture Seminar, jointly organized by Department of International Cooperation of Ministry of Agriculture (MOA), Agricultural Committee of Jilin Province and Liaoyuan Municipal Government and supported by the German-Sino Agricultural Center (DCZ) and Liaoyuan Agricultural Committee, kicked off.

Luo Ming, the director of European Division of International Cooperation Department of MOA chaired the opening ceremony. Vice director, Feng Yong from FECC, vice director of Jilin Agricultural Committee Wang Junyan, political director of DCZ Dr. Guth and mayor of Liaoyuan Wang Liping were present at the ceremony and delivered speeches. Over 150 participants including the leaders and experts from national ecological circular agriculture, organic farming and other areas attended the meeting.

On behalf of Department of International Cooperation of MOA and FECC, Feng Yong extended his congratulations for the meeting being successfully held. “President Xi Jinping signed a framework agreement for establishing DCZ in China during his visit to Germany in March, 2014. Therefore, the cooperation between German and China reached a new high. In June, 2016, a Joint Declaration of Intent on seeking cooperation in sustainable agriculture was signed by the agricultural ministries of both countries. DCZ serves as the key platform for promoting modern agriculture dialogue and technical exchange. Liaoyuan is a city with rich biodiversity and agricultural resources. It is endowed with basic conditions and advantages for developing organic agriculture. A Chinese national modern eco-agriculture demonstration park is currently being implemented. I’m convinced that the modern ideas the German and Chinese experts come up with at this seminar will play a leading role in promoting the development and construction of Liaoyuan modern eco-agriculture demonstration park.” said Mr. Feng.

Dr. Guth expressed the importance of modern eco-agriculture for China’s transformation towards sustainable agriculture. He stressed that DCZ will spare no efforts to provide best services and advise to MOA within the Agricultural Policy Dialogue and the Centers’ other components. Both ministries also support decentralized projects in particular in crop farming and animal breeding. He welcomed that current and past representatives of those projects were also invited to share their experiences and ideas during the seminar.

Wang Junyan, on behalf of Jilin Agricultural Committee, extended his warm welcome to all attendees. He pointed out that Jilin is now actively promoting the establishment of the systems of modern agriculture industry, production and operations with priority given to modern agriculture construction in the hope of realizing agricultural modernization as soon as possible. With the support and guidance of MOA, Jilin is following the development concept of “innovation, coordination, green, sharing and open to the outside world”. In recent years, with policy support of “strengthening agriculture, enriching rural areas and benefiting farmers”, Liaoyuan is speeding up its transformation of agricultural production.

Mayor Wang Liping presented the basic status and agricultural characteristics of Liaoyuan. He welcomed all ideas and recommendations from experts and expressed his sincere hope for more cooperation space between local enterprises and enterprises from Germany and other national places. He also hoped that more experience of international agricultural cooperation and eco-agriculture development can be introduced to Liaoyuan and even nationwide.

This two-day meeting mainly included following activities: a seminar with focus on agricultural policies and sustainable practices, a visit to the Chinese modern eco-agriculture demonstration area and agribusinesses in East Liaohe, so well as business talks between German and Chinese companies.

Chinese experts and companies heard about EU policies, the political framework of organic farming in Germany, technologies of straw management and practical approached towards a more efficient fodder and manure management. Although the Chinese side confirmed a gap in terms of technology, equipment, talents, and managerial expertise compared with that of Germany, there were very successful organic farming practices and initiatives presented by the Chinese side.

The field visit and face-to-face communication among enterprises and experts helped deepen Sino-German friendship and exchange of information. Both sides knew about their demands. This laid a sound foundation for further bilateral cooperation.

 

 

During the first Steering Committee Meeting on November 17, 2015, it was agreed that the German-Chinese Agricultural Center (DCZ) could make contributions to the development of ecological agriculture in Jilin Province in the scope of its mandate. The Agricultural Policy Dialogue (APD) of the DCZ, for instance, may deal with topics related to the development of sustainable agriculture in China, which are also of interest to Jilin. The “Ecological Agricultural Project in Liaoyuan” can thus serve as a case for the APD component.

On May 23-25, 2016, the DCZ organized a trip for Chinese and German agricultural policy experts to the project region in Liaoyuan Municipality, so that they can learn about the project’s status quo, measures and challenges. The group comprised four Chinese experts from the Research Center for Rural Economy (RCRE), two German experts from Hohenheim University, two representatives from the FECC and three representatives from the GIZ. During the one and a half-day trip, experts not only visited farmers households, farmer cooperatives and agricultural companies in the project region, but also discussed with local government authorities and agricultural producer representatives about their approaches and future plans.

Liaoyuan Municipality has been in general encountering problems of non-point agricultural pollution due to intensive conventional agriculture and monoculture cropping system. The Liaoyuan local government, therefore, intends addressing this problem by introducing organic agriculture in accordance with EU organic standards in the project region of Liaoheyuan Township, Dongliao County in the Liaoyuan Municipality. Its final objective is to develop one of the biggest organic agriculture areas in China, thereby improving farmers’ income and improving the environment in the region. So far, eight agricultural cooperatives or enterprises have started their business on 3,800 hectares of project key areas, which cover various agricultural activities, such as organic fertilizer producing, crop production, animal husbandry, forage processing and fungi production. Meanwhile, the local government has fostered land transfer by providing subsidies of 400 CNY per mu per year, when aforementioned agricultural cooperatives or enterprises are renting land from individual farmers households. Relevant local government projects, e.g. “Well-facilitated Farming Land Project” have been preferentially carried out in this project region as well. 
 
 

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