Summit Forum of Agriculture Modernization and the Ceremony of the 60th Anniversary of Jiangsu Agriculture Association was held in Nanjing on October 23, 2011. Prof. Chen Xiwen, deputy director of the General Office of the Leading Group for Financial and Economic Affairs and director of the General Office of the Leading Group for Rural Affairs, was invited to give a plenary presentation. Prof. Zhang Taolin, chairman of Chinese Association of Agricultural Science Societies and deputy minister of Agriculture (MoA, P. R. China) and Huang Lixin, standing member of Jiangsu Committee of CPC and vice governor of Jiangsu Province were invited to the meeting and made keynote speeches. The participants also included Vice Chairman Shu Huiguo of Chinese Association of Agricultural Science Societies, Senior Consultant Guo Yuhuai of China National Farmers Enterprises Association, Consultant Liu Jian of the State Council, Deputy-Secretary-General Xu Aigui of Jiangsu Committee of CPC, Director Qu Futian of the Farmer-Labor Office of Jiangsu Committee of CPC, Vice Chairman Xu Yaoxin of Jiangsu Association of Science and Technology, JAAS Vice President Zhao Xihua. Dr. Wu Peiliang, vice chairman of Jiangsu Agriculture Association and director of Jiangsu Agriculture Commission, introduced the development history of Jiangsu Agriculture Association in the past 60 years. The forum and ceremony was hosted by Prof. Yan Shaohua, chairman of Jiangsu Agriculture Association and president of JAAS.
Prof. Chen Xiwen elaborated the importance and urgency of agriculture modernization in China, stressed the thinking of adversity in prosperity and proposed a balance between agriculture modernization and macro-economy and urbanization. He spoke highly of the achievements Jiangsu has made in agriculture modernization. Jiangsu Province has been accelerating the process in industrialization and urbanization and at the same time promoting agriculture modernization. It is probable that Jiangsu will realize the goal of grain yield increase for 8 consecutive years. All these achievements have positive impact on national economy and social development.
On behalf of Chinese Association of Agricultural Science Societies, Prof. Zhang Taolin extended his congratulations to the 60th Anniversary of Jiangsu Agriculture Association. According to Prof. Zhang, Jiangsu Agriculture Association is one of the most influential and active academic groups in national agricultural science societies. In the past 60 years, Jiangsu Agriculture Association has abided by the principles of enriching the farmers and developing agriculture, integrating agriculture-research-education and serving the industry-university-research. Jiangsu Agriculture Association has made positive contributions to Jiangsu modern agriculture development by strengthening communication with East China Agriculture Association and extending science and technology.
Vice Governor Huang Lixin announced that Jiangsu has been implementing the central government policy to serve agriculture, farmers and the countryside. It is probable that Jiangsu will keep the good momentum of grain increase, farmer income growth and countryside development for 8 consecutive years. Jiangsu will stick to industrialization, urbanization and agriculture modernization, actively construct the Five Industrial Systems integrating modern agriculture industry, technology and innovation, infrastructure construction, social service and technical support and strike the balances between grain production and efficient agriculture, between industrial exploration and farmer benefits protection, between land transfer and moderate scale transaction, between tourism agriculture and arable land protection, and between financial support and revenue sharing. Jiangsu will strive to make five breakthroughs in new crop varieties, facility agriculture, farm products processing and circulation, ecologic agriculture and agriculture informationization and thus basically realize agriculture modernization ahead of other provinces.
The forum participants also included representatives from Chinese Association of Agricultural Science Societies, provincial agriculture associations and agriculture-related academic groups, agriculture universities and research institutions, the Farmer-Labor Office of Jiangsu Committee of CPC, Jiangsu Finance Department, Jiangsu Water Conservancy Department, Jiangsu Department of Ocean of Fisheries, Jiangsu Administration of Grain, Jiangsu Agricultural Resource Development Bureau, Jiangsu Bureau of Agricultural Machinery, Jiangsu Forestry Bureau and Jiangsu Supply and Marketing Cooperative.
During the forum and ceremony, 2011 annual meetings of East China Agriculture Association, China National Farmers Enterprises Association, Jiangsu Modern Seed Industry Development Forum, Jiangsu Agriculture Development Coalition and the Seminar for Key Breakthroughs in Jiangsu Agriculture Modernization were held.