Huang Lixin, standing member of Jiangsu Committee of CPC and vice governor of Jiangsu province, made an academic visit to the High Value Horticulture Crops Seedling Industry Demo Station in JAAS on July 19, 2011. Deputy Secretary-General Yang Genping of Jiangsu Province General Office, JAAS President Yan Shaohua, Vice Presidents Zhao Xihua, Lu Xiaoxi and Chang Youhong accompanied the visit.
Vice Governor Huang inspected the automatic precision seeding system, ground-source heat pump system and the intelligent seedling greenhouse and inquired in detail about the operation of the Demo Station, especially its operation costs, profits and other investment returns. She felt glad about the short period (four years) of investment returns, the application of ground-source heat pump system in agriculture and the extension of the innovation results in the Demo Station to the leading agricultural enterprises and large households.
Vice Governor Huang stressed that, the application of ground-source heat pump system in agriculture not only reduces energy consumption and protects the environment, but also has low operation costs and high economic benefits. Modern agriculture facilities require high input and therefore should have high economic benefits and only in this way can the machines be extended to the farmers and the countryside. She also proposed that JAAS should promote the construction of the High Value Horticulture Crops Seedling Industry Demo Station and accelerate the extension of its research results.