On November 28th, Sino-US Innovation Strategy Symposium on Food & Agriculture hosted by Sino-US Food and Agriculture Innovation Center was grandly held in Food Valley of China. Follow the principle of holding an academic and international symposium, SUFAIC has invited experts and scholars in the field of food and agriculture both domestically and internationally to participate in this symposium including Roger Beachy (Member of U.S. National Academy of Sciences), Yu Enda (famous seed breeding expert in the United States), Liu Xuemei (President of MicroGen, Ireland) and Dr. Wu Shuiqin( Mitsuo BioBridge, Inc) , deans of colleges of food and biology from more than 20 universities(China Agricultural University, Jiangnan University, East China University of Science and Technology, Shandong Agricultural University, Nanjing University of Finance & Economics, Qingdao Agricultural University, Longping High-tech International Training College, etc.) and over 40 representatives from renowned enterprises in Weifang. Aiming at providing an exchange platform for top experts and scholars from agricultural and food sector to share advanced technologies and academic innovation, focus on state of the art researches in the academic field of food and agriculture and offer their suggestions on development of National Agricultural Open Development Comprehensive Trial Zone and National Modern Agricultural Industrial Park in Hanting District by centering on development strategy of Food Valley of China and SUFAIC. Chen Ruxiao, member of Party Leadership Group of Weifang Municipal Government, Party Secretary of Weifang Human Resources and Social Security Bureau, Wang Shouquan, Secretary of Party Committee of Promotion and Coordination Office, Food Valley of China and Su Guanghui, Director of Agricultural Bureau of Hanting District attended this symposium and gave their remarks.
Chen Ruxiao mentioned that Weifang is an important city in Shandong Peninsula and a part of both Shandong Peninsula Blue Economic Zone and Yellow River Delta High Efficient Eco-economic Zone and among the first batch of Food Safety Demonstration Cities. Weifang has quite unique industry features and advantages. There are 508 export enterprises whose export volume of brand agricultural products, poultry and vegetables account for 1/8 of the total export volume. Establishment of National Agricultural Open Development Comprehensive Trial Zone is of vital importance in which Food Valley of China plays an important role. Hopefully, we can plan development strategy for Comprehensive Trial Zone jointly and to provide services so as to promote innovations in food sector of Weifang along with SUFAIC .
Su Guanghui, Director of Agricultural Bureau of Hanting District reported basic situation of National Modern Agricultural Industrial Park in Hanting. As one of the 41 national agricultural industrial parks, The Industrial Park in Hanting was founded in September, 2017 covering a planning area of 90.7 square kilometers. Based on start-up plan of 2017-2025, the Industrial Park in Hanting District will further implement brand marketing strategy and strive to achieve systemization within 4 years.
During the symposium, Academician Roger Beachy shared his advice on agricultural development, stressed that biological method can be adopted to solve problems in production and guarantee sound development of agriculture on the basis of ensuring product quality and meeting safety demands of consumers; We can promote sustainability of agriculture and realize brand effect of agriculture through cooperation among government, enterprises and universities as well as research institutes. What came next is a video presentation of Bruce Hammock, Member of U.S. American Academy of Sciences and a global leader in nanobody field and deep discussion on role of nanobody technology on agricultural development.
In the symposium, Academician Roger Beachy and Academician Bruce Hammock proposed that the participant agricultural and food colleges as well as famous enterprises in agriculture industry jointly create global nanobody research and application center, Sino-US seeds R&D platform and development and application platform for sustainable agriculture.
Through Sino-US Innovation Strategy Symposium on Food & Agriculture, participating experts and representatives of enterprises discussed the technical innovations related to food and agriculture which provided new theoretical innovation and model innovation for quality and safety management of food and agricultural products in Weifang, modern agriculture construction and sustainable agricultural development.
Successful convening of the symposium fully demonstrates both domestic and international attention and support for development of food and agriculture. A consensus has been reached that innovation is top priority in driving development of agricultural and food industry as well as confronting new challenges in the new circumstance. National Agricultural Open Development Comprehensive Trial Zone and National Modern Agricultural Industrial Park in Hanting District are important carrier and fulcrum during transformation from traditional agriculture to modern agriculture which provide broad platform for innovative development of industry. A platform should be established for information exchanges by fully utilizing resources collected in the Symposium to promote establishment of standardized production model for food agricultural products. Besides, role of Food Valley of China and technical transfer platform of SUFAIC should be strengthened to promote exchanges and alignment between experts and enterprises. Meanwhile, this symposium is of strategic guiding significance for development of SUFAIC.