JAAS organized another public open day for watermelon show and free-taste to the mass on May 24, 2014. Deputy Director Jiang Yuejian of Jiangsu Department of Science and Technology, Director Hu Yidong of Jiangsu Productivity Promotion Center and JAAS Vice Presidents Chang Youhong and Huang Jun attended the activity.
More than 20 watermelon varieties with different tastes and shapes, selected from various cities of Jiangsu Province, were present to the mass for free tasting. More than 1,000 citizens gathered with the watermelons and enjoy the coolness in this summer. During the show, the Institute of Vegetable Crops demonstrated the newly approved watermelon variety Sumi No. 8 as well as other elite varieties, including Sumi No. 6 and 7, etc..Sumi No.8 boasts good taste and is highly adaptable in Jiangsu. It is now in the stage of trial cultivation and supposed to be in large extension in the next year. Apart from the watermelon show, an outreach meeting was also held at the same time at JAAS Expo. More than 70 large watermelon households, cooperatives and extension professionals attended the meeting and consulted to JAAS scientists about the technical problems they encountered in actual production.
The activity has drawn media’s attention, including Science and Technology Daily, Xinhua Daily, Nanjing Daily, etc..