Qu Dongyu Attended the 4th Sino-German Agricultural Week

DATE: 2018-12-14 SOURCE:农业农村部对外经济合作中心 VIEWS:

Vice Minister Qu Dongyu attended the 4th Sino-German Agricultural Dialogues and Exchanges held in Beijing on November 28th. Under the framework of Sino-German Agricultural Center, the 4th Sino-German Agricultural Week was recently hosted in Beijing with the 4th Sino-German Agricultural Dialogues and Exchange as the final event of the Week. Previously, the Sino-German Digital Agriculture Seminar and the Sino-German Seminar on Environmental Friendly Development of Sustainable Livestock were held successively.

The Sino-German Agricultural Center is a bilateral agricultural cooperation platform jointly established by MARA and the Ministry of Food and Agriculture of the Federal Republic of Germany to implement the consensus reached by the leaders of China and Germany during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Germany in March 2014. In March 2015, Minister Han Changfu and Christian Schmidt, the then Minister of Food and Agriculture of the Federal Republic of Germany, jointly unveiled at FECC the Sino-German Agricultural Center. The Center is unique in that it is the only bilateral agricultural center established by China at home together with its partner and co-built by Germany and its overseas partner country. In July this year, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and German Chancellor Angela Merkel co-chaired the 5th round of Sino-German Government Consultations after which the Joint Statement on the 5th Round Sino-German Government Consultation was made public, stating that “the two sides will further consolidate the role of the Sino-German Agricultural Center as the core platform to promote policy dialogue, corporate exchanges as well as cooperation on scientific researches, thus deepening the agricultural cooperation between the two countries”.

In his speech, Qu affirmed fully the fruitful results since the establishment of Sino-German Agricultural Center and put forward some guiding suggestions on promoting Sino-German agricultural cooperation. Qu stated that it is necessary to find common ground for cooperation, conduct work in a practical and effective manner, persist in innovation, and materialize through concrete measures relevant visions and plans.

Since its establishment nearly four years ago, the Sino-German Agricultural Center has been focusing on the following 5 aspects. The first is to promote corporate communication and cooperation. By being actively integrated into the important agricultural events of the two countries, special events featuring Sino-German agricultural cooperation took place on such different occasions as the G20 Agricultural Ministers Conferences, the International Berlin Green Weeks, the Hannover Exhibitions on Agricultural Machinery and Livestock, China's Dairy Industry D20 Summits and China Congress of Veterinary Medicine, encouraging more than 1,000 Chinese companies specializing in livestock, agricultural machinery, and agricultural products processing to exhibit their achievements and communicate with their German counterparts. The second is to carry out demonstration and extension activities. There has been an expanding influence on such demonstration projects as crops, livestock, and agricultural machinery under the framework of the Sino-German Agricultural Center. The third is to advance the training and vocational education of farmers. The Youth Practical Talents Training Program has been implemented to send more than 20 young Chinese farmers to study in Germany each year. This year, this program has been promoted to a two-way exchange mechanism, and the “dual system” teaching mode will be introduced to the Institutes of Chinese Farmers’ Vocational Education. The fourth is to conduct policy exchanges and dialogues. Policy reports for government departments to make decisions have been submitted through two-way exchanges and in-depth dialogues centering on such issues of mutual concern as the reform on agricultural subsidy policies, sustainable development of animal husbandry, organic farming and smart agriculture. The fifth is to promote scientific and technological exchanges and collaboration. Cooperative researches have been carried out on such aspects as the prevention and control of spotted wing drosophila, pedology and soil protection, attempting to establish a collaboration network of Sino-German agricultural researches. A series of fruitful results has been positively acknowledged by all sides and aroused widespread public attention. An official from the Ministry of Food and Agriculture of the Federal Republic of Germany praised the Sino-German Agricultural Center as a “beacon” for promoting the bilateral agricultural cooperation mode.

Deputy Director of the International Cooperation Department of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture of the Federal Republic of Germany attended the opening ceremony and delivered a speech. FECC Director-General Yang Yi presided over the opening ceremony of the Sino-German Agricultural Dialogues and Exchange. The event was attended by nearly 180 representatives from the Ministry of Food and Agriculture of the Federal Republic of Germany, the German Embassy in Beijing, China, the EU Mission to China, the German Environmental Emissions Certification Center, the Lower Saxony State Office for Consumer Protection and food safety, the central state organs of P.R.C. such as MARA, the Ministry of Ecology and Environment, the State Forestry and Grassland Administration, the Development Research Center of the State Council, and some local government departments, as well as trainees, agricultural experts, friends from the business circle and media outlets.