Jiangsu Governor Luo Zhijun inspected Yangxu High-efficiency Agriculture Demo Park of Yancheng Institute of Agricultural Sciences on December 1, 2011. The Station is an important base to carry out JASTIF (Jiangsu Agriculture Science &Technology Innovation Fund) projects and other projects to enrich the farmers and promote local agriculture development. Prof. Xu Wenhua, director of Technical Service Center of Yancheng Institute of Agricultural Sciences, made a detailed work report of the undertaking projects. Governor Luo spoke highly of Yancheng Institute of Agricultural Sciences in its science outreach and technical extension. Yancheng government officials and relevant directors accompanied the visit.
Yancheng Institute of Agricultural Sciences has developed 30 new crop varieties, techniques and cultivation modes, established 2 science and technology demo stations, 2 demo towns and 5 specialty villages in Yandu District. Facility strawberry cultivation, greenhouse tomatoes and rain shelter cultivation of grape are the three specialties in Yancheng. In the sunlight greenhouse, Governor Luo and Prof. Xu held extensive discussions with extension workers and local farmers. The greenhouses in Yangxu Demo Station have been improved in structure, light, drip irrigation under mulch and other important features. Each greenhouse provides net profit of 50,000 yuan per year, according to local farmers. In the greenhouse, fruits are grown in the upper level to receive enough sunshine, animals are raised in the middle part and crops are in the lower level. The animal wastes are used to nourish the crop fields. Such an efficient farming practice has already applied for national invention patent. Paddy-upland rotation is now popular in Yandu district and the main cultivars are JAAS innovation crop varieties. Governor Luo appreciated the agricultural S&T extension and high-efficiency agriculture in Yancheng and claimed that the agriculture development should depend on science and technology, extend elite varieties to boost local economy and most of all, ensure food safety and supply. At the same time, Governor Luo proposed that Yandu District should take the lead in specialty village construction and push forward urban-rural integration in an all-round way.