Deputy Governor Cao Weixing led a delegation of government chiefs to inspect the agricultural science and technology innovations of JAAS on March 17, 2009.
During the inspection, Deputy Governor Cao listened to the work reports by JAAS President Yan Shaohua and spoke highly of the achievements made by JAAS in various areas. He also proposed five suggestions for the future development of JAAS.
In the first place, JAAS should extend its research in China and the world as a whole. The Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) and its counterparts in the provincial and municipal levels have different agriculture research advantages. As the former National Agriculture Experiment Institute, Jiangsu Academy of Agricultural Sciences (JAAS) should seize the opportunities to carry out research in cutting-edge science and technology and establish agricultural innovation systems with Jiangsu and Chinese characteristics.
Secondly, JAAS should make full use of its research strengths and serve agriculture, farmers, and the countryside. As a comprehensive research institution of agriculture sciences, JAAS should play an active role to prop up modern agricultural development, enrich the farmers and ward off poverty in some rural areas so as to strike a balance between the city and the countryside.
Thirdly, JAAS should keep its research updated and foreseeing. The scientific research should cater to the current development needs and at the same time play a guiding role for future research.
Fourthly, technology service and extension should be strengthened. The poverty-relief campaign should be carried forward by technology extension activities. Concerted efforts should be made to set up more research platforms such as the Engineering Science and Technology Center, Key Lab and Science and Technology Park etc. Joint collaboration should be intensified with the local governments to build up the demonstration park and the modern agricultural base.
Last but not least, JAAS should tighten the links between industry development, scientific research and education. Concerted efforts should be made with related agriculture universities to train qualified talents for agriculture development.