An outreach meeting was held in Lishui Plant Sciences Station (LPSS) of JAAS to demonstrate strawberry & aquatic vegetables rotation technology on July 28, 2012. The meeting was chaired by Director Yu Mingliang of the Institute of Horticulture. JAAS Vice President Chang Youhong, President Yu Weidong of Jiangsu Polytechnic College of Agriculture and Forestry, Deputy Director Zhang Xueping of Agricultural Resource Development Bureau of Jiangsu Province, and Deputy Director Zhou Zhenxing of Jiangsu Agriculture Commission made keynote speeches. Director Chen Heming of LPSS, Deputy Director Huan Honghua of Research Management Division and over 30 representatives from other extension sectors in Jiangsu attended the meeting.
At the beginning of the meeting, the Institute of Horticulture demonstrated the growing condition of water spinach and water caltrop on strawberry planting fields. Everyone was impressed by the tender water spinach and the tasty water caltrop. After listening to the project report, the directors all agreed on feasibility and practicality of rotation technology. Finally, the directors and representatives exchanged opinions on the improvement of the project and future development of paddy-upland rotation. They proposed that research on the mechanism of overcoming continuous cropping obstacles through paddy-upland rotation and comprehensive analysis of economic benefit should be accelerated so as to lay a solid theoretical foundation and scientific basis for the extension of the new cultivation mode. Also, various paddy-upland rotation modes should be developed to suit different regions and to incorporate sight-seeing and strawberry-picking into the whole production process.
The strawberry & aquatic vegetables rotation technology is a new cultivation mode jointly developed by the Institute of Horticulture and Yangzhou University. On one hand, rotation technology can overcome the continuous cropping obstacles of the strawberry field; on the other hand, it helps to improve land utilization, increase the economic income per unit area, and employment opportunities.