Pan Yonghe, head of Jiangsu Finance Department, and Directors Xiang Lin and Zhao Guang visited Luhe Animal Sciences Station (LASS) of JAAS on November 1, 2011. JAAS President Yan Shaohua, Vice Presidents Zhao Xihua, Chang Youhong, Zhou Jiannong and chiefs from General Office, Finance Division, Research Management Division, LASS, Tomorrow A& H Company accompanied the visit.
Pan focused his visit on Boer goat breeding, pig raising on fermentation bed, cultivation of organic vegetables, biogas engineering and composting plant. He also observed the traceability system of EQS (electric quality safety for JAAS agricultural products).
President Yan extended warm welcome to the delegation and made a work report covering JAAS’s efforts in discipline adjustment, team building, industry support system construction, seed industry development, National Agricultural Science and Technology (Jiangsu) Innovation Center and Jiangsu Agriculture Science and Technology Innovation Fund (JASTIF).
Pan spoke highly of the JAAS’s outstanding achievements in National Agricultural Science and Technology (Jiangsu) Innovation Center and in JASTIF. An efficient and full use of supporting fund has enabled JAAS to realize sustainable development and serve agriculture, farmers and the countryside. During the Twelfth Five-year Plan Period, Jiangsu Finance Department will increase its financial support to JAAS. First, basic expenditures will be gradually increased and guaranteed, which solves the existing and potential economic problems for the scientists and stimulates their greater efforts. Second, more financial support will go to talent cultivation and introduction to ensure a sustainable development for the research institutions. Third, the financial funding for JASTIF will be increased and a growth mechanism for innovation fund will be explored and established. Fourth, basic research and innovation will be emphasized to ensure a solid foundation for agricultural science and technology development. Jiangsu Province has pledged to take the lead in realizing agriculture modernization, which is an opportunity and at the same a challenge for JAAS. Pan proposed that JAAS should take the lead in agricultural science and technology innovations in Jiangsu, shoulder more responsibilities and create more innovation results and thus make more contributions to agriculture modernization.