On July 4, 2011, JAAS Secretary Zhao Xihua of CPC Party Committee led a delegation to Xinyi to survey technical service sponsored by JAAS. The delegation also included directors from Xuzhou Institute of Agricultural Sciences, JAAS Technical Service Division, the Institute of Horticulture and Xinyi Municipal Government.
Since 2009, the Institute of Horticulture has carried out technology extension in Xinyi City and established a 33-hectare efficient peach industry demo park. The park has facilitated a tremendous improvement in new cultivation mode of wide row and narrow plant spacing and the techniques of fruit bagging, micro-sprinkling irrigation and integration of irrigation and fertilizer. Peach appearances and tastes have been continuously improved with the introduction of new varieties including Xiacui, Xiahui No.5 as well as No.6. In July, 2010, the park also organized a serial of outreach activities to enjoy and taste the peaches and the honey peach varieties like “Zhongwu” thus became household names. The production efficiency of honey peach in Xinyi was largely improved and the price doubled that in the last year, with 9 yuan per kilogram.
Secretary Zhao visited the honey peach production base and spoke highly of the achievements in technical service. He proclaimed that JAAS will be working closely with the specialty industries in Xinyi, promoting scientific and technological cooperation, especially in honey peaches and tomatoes to provide solid support for local agriculture development.