JAAS President Yan Shaohua and Secretary Zhao Xihua of the CPC (Communist Party of China) Party Committee led a delegation group for an academic visit to Fumin Village and Changjiang Village in Zhangjiagang from April 16 to 17, 2011. The visit highlighted the technology cooperation in modern agriculture development in the two villages. The delegation also included representatives from JAAS General Office, Technical Service Division, the Institute of Food Crops, the Institute of Horticulture, the Institute of Farm Product Processing, the Institute of Vegetable Crops and National Research Center of Veterinary Biologicals Engineering and Technology. Gao Jiangang, standing member of Zhangjiagang Municipal Committee and chiefs of Zhangjiagang Agriculture Commission received the delegation and accompanied the visit.
Fumin Village and Changjiang Village are located in the coastal areas of north Zhangjiagang. In recent years, they have converted from less developed villages into Socialist new countryside with wealth, harmony and dynamism. Changjiang Village has been awarded the honor of 'Famous Flower by the Yangtze River". The two villages are typical examples of the countryside in South Jiangsu, a developed region in China. They boast strong economy but lack in land and labor force. The two villages are seeking new sources of economic growth such as modern agriculture to realize a harmony of industrialization, urbanization and agriculture modernization.
The delegation visited the two villages and listened to the introductions made by the village leaders. In light of the socio-economic situation in the two villages, the visiting scientists presented their suggestions from perspectives of their own research areas.
President Yan Shaohua pointed out that the particularity of the economic development in South Jiangsu proper determined its orientation of modern agriculture. On one hand, facility vegetables and industrialized edible fungi production can be considered. The quality of agriculture products should be guaranteed to build brand and confidence in consumers. On the other hand, the two villages can carry out agriculture equipment R&D and new technology integration. In this way, they can provide complete set technology and equipment to other regions in modern agriculture development and make due contributions in enhancing modern agriculture productivity.
Secretary Zhao Xihua stressed that the regions in South Jiangsu took the lead in consumption and production in Jiangsu and had the urgent need and special advantage in developing modern agriculture. He hoped the villages to strengthen policy guidance and technology support, to survey the consumer needs and potential market and to develop high quality agriculture products and complete set equipments.
During the visit in Zhangjiagang, JAAS President Yan Shaohua signed a technology cooperation agreement with the representative of Changjiang Village. Secretary Zhao Xihua and Secretary Yu Quan of CPC Party Committee of Changjiang Village unveiled the plague of JAAS-Changjiang Sci-tech and Industrial Base.