24th China Yangling Agricultural High-tech Fair Opens

On Nov 5, with “the Belt and Road to Boost Agricultural Modernization” as the theme, the 24th China Yangling Agricultural Hi-Tech Fair (CAF) opened at the 3rd Floor Television Studio of Yangling International Convention and Exhibition Center.

At around 10am, after the performance of China’s national anthem, Vice President of China National People’s Congress Zhang Baowen, Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia in China Milan Bačević, Secretary of Communist Party of China Shaanxi Committee and Governor of Shaanxi Hu Heping jointly pressed the start button to open the 24th CAF. Zhang Baowen then made a keynote speech at the Yangling Modern Agriculture High-end Forum that followed.

Hu Heping delivered the opening speech for the 24th CAF, which was presided over by Zhang Yaping, Academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences and Academician of The Academy of Sciences for the Developing World.

Present at the opening ceremony and the modern agriculture high-end forum are high-ranking officials, business executives, scholars and other VIPs from home and abroad, including China’s Vice Minister of Science and Technology and Academician of Chinese Academy Engineering Xu Nanping, Vice President of Association of Relations Across Taiwan Straits Li Yafei, National Chief Veterinarian Zhang Zhongqiu, Vice Minister of State Forestry Administration Peng Youdong, Vice Minister of State Intellectual Property Office He Zhimin, Vice Minister of The State Council Leading Group Office of Poverty Alleviation and Development Hong Tianyun, Vice Minister of Certification and Accreditation Administration Liu Weijun, Vice Minister of State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs Xia Mingjiu, Vice Mayor of Beijing City Lu Yan, Vice Governor of Gansu Province,  Vice Chairman of government of Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, Vice Chairman of CPPCC Inner Mongolia Committee Luo Zhihu. Foreign guests include: Uzbekistani Vice Minister of Agriculture and Water Resources Mustafayev, US Vice Governor of Nebraska Mike Foley, South Sudan’s Aweil State Agricultural and Food Safety Minister Joseph Galan Gotte, Dominican Republic’s Lower House Member of Parliament Anna Emilia Bath Santa, Azerbaijan Republic’s Farm Produce Cooperative Company CEO Gayev Abfahrt etc. Leaders of Shaanxi Province include: Deputy Secretary of Communist Party of China Shaanxi Committee Mao Wanchun, Vice Governors of Shaanxi Province Liang Gui, Jiang Feng, Feng Xinzhu, Wei Zhengjun,  and top officials of Shaanxi Province Qian Yin’an, Yao Yinliang, Liu Xiaoyan, Zheng Xiaoming, Li Xingwang, as well as Mayor of Xi’an Shangguan Jiqing.

In his speech, Hu Heping said that over the two decades since its establishment, with the care of leaders of the national government and the support of related ministries of the central government, and led by Communist Party of China Shaanxi Committee and Shaanxi Provincial Government, Yangling Agriculture Hi-tech Demonstration Zone has found a new path of rural and agricultural modernization based on scientific and technological innovation, which is focused on promotion of technological innovation, industrial demonstration, and international cooperation with a view to advancing the shift from conventional agriculture to modern agriculture; that facing the new situation, with the spirit of the 19th Communist Party of China National Congress and Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era as our guidance, we will work harder to build demonstration zones and model zones in wider area and at higher level; that under the leadership of the central government, co-sponsored by 6 related ministries and Shaanxi Provincial Government and supported by 9 ministries, CAF as a national fair has become an important platform of showcasing modern agricultural achievements, promoting modern agricultural development in China and strengthening international exchanges on modern agriculture; and that the 24th CAF is themed on “Belt and Road to Boost Agricultural Modernization” with technical support provided to poverty alleviation highlighted, and will play an important role in deepening the structural reform of supply-side in agriculture, cultivating the new driving force of rural development, speeding up agricultural and rural modernization, increasing income of farmers and making great achievements in the international exchanges and cooperation of the “Belt and Road Initiative”.  

After the opening ceremony of the 24th CAF, the 2017 Yangling Modern Agriculture High-end Forum which is themed on “Belt and Road: Consultation—Co-building—Sharing”  was held, where Zhang Baowen delivered the keynote speech titled “Promoting International Cooperation on Agriculture with Vigorous Spirit of Silk Road”.

Zhang Baowen pointed out that in the great mass fervor nationwide of having in-depth study of the spirit of the 19th Communist Party of China National Congress, the 24th CAF opened along with the forum; that the Chinese government has all along attached great importance to the issue of food and agriculture, making great efforts in developing agriculture, making farmers rich and rural areas prosperous by improving favorable policies for farmers and agriculture,  strengthening agricultural infrastructure construction and advancing progress of agricultural science and technology; and that Chinese agriculture has made world recognized accomplishments, agriculture and rural areas of China are undergoing great changes, and China has initiated the new journey from big country to a powerful country of agriculture.

Zhang Baowen stressed that the government should conscientiously implement the spirit of the 19th Communist Party of China National Congress and push forward the strategy of revitalization of rural areas and the agricultural and rural modernization; that efforts shall be made to explore the path for developing agricultural modernization of high efficiency, safe products, energy conservation, and environment friendliness; that the strategy of innovation-driven development shall be carried out with intensified efforts on agricultural research and development and increased contribution of science and technology to agriculture; that rural reform shall be carried out practically and steadily, cultivating new style of business entities and improving service system in rural areas; that food production shall be adhered to consistently to raise the grain production capacity and to safeguard the national grain security with optimized farming structure; efforts shall be made to help increase income of farmers, steadily and practically carrying out the targeted poverty alleviation in order to help all population get out of poverty by 2020; that as a big country of agricultural production and consumption, China will intensify international exchanges and cooperation and promote agricultural modernization, guided by the principle of peace, development, cooperation and win-win and in the spirit of Silk Road with other countries in agriculture; and that we should make efforts to resolve common problems with strengthened international cooperation in agriculture, promote an international trade system by improving the supporting system of agricultural trade development, raise the quality of farming to increase the international cooperation in agricultural capacity, promote international cooperation in human resources, jointly promote the agricultural modernization under the “Belt and Road Initiative” to make more contributions to the agricultural development and food security worldwide.  

Guests from home and abroad such as Milan Bačević, Xu Nanping, Mustafayev, Mike Foley, Joseph Galan Gotte etc delivered wonderful speeches on topics of “Belt and Road Initiative”, development of modern agriculture at the high-end forum, which was presided over by Feng Xinzhu.

Present at the opening ceremony and the high-end forum were officials and scholars of ministries of Chinese government such as Ministry of Education, Ministry of Commerce, State Administration of Industry and Commerce, State Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine, Chinese Academy of Sciences, All China Federation of Supply and Marketing Cooperatives, China Association of Science and Technology, China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Chinese Academy of Forestry; leaders of provinces and cities across China such as Hebei, Shanxi, Liaoning, Heilongjiang, Shanghai, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Jiangxi, Shandong, Henan, Hubei, Guangdong, Guangxi, Chongqing, Sichuan, Guizhou, Yunnan, Tibet, Qinghia, Xinjiang and representatives of government, education and research institutes, and enterprises of 57 countries such as Russia, Germany, Canada, Kyrgyzstan.

Before the opening ceremony, accompanied by Hu Heping and other officials, Zhang Baowen visited the pavilions of Poverty Alleviation and International Exchanges.

[Source:Xi’an Evening News]