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GIAHS exhibition debuts at China Agricultural Trade Fair

DATE:2014-10-30       SOURCE:Center of International Cooperation Service (CICOS), MOA

The exhibition of Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS) in China debuted at the 12th China Agricultural Trade Fair (CATF 2014) held in Qingdao on Oct. 25-28, 2014.


As an unique component of CATF 2014, this exhibition aimed at demonstrating MOA's achievements in GIAHS, showcasing the wisdom, charm and philosophy of traditional farming in China, and increasing brand recognition in the marketplace for GIAHS agri-products.


Covering an area of 400 square meters,GIAHS in China exhibition had three zones for display, marketing and trade talks respectively. 


At the display zone, beautiful landscapes, traditional farming culture, high-quality products and the concept of sustainable development were embodied by diversified means, including exhibits and models of Rice-Fish System in Zhejiang and Jasmine and Tea Culture System of Fuzhou City, folk music performance and pictures.


At the marketing zone, more than 40 agri-products of 24 enterprises/cooperatives from 11 GIAHS sites were presented, including jasmine tea from Fuzhou City, millet from Aohan Banner, Chinese date from Jiaxian County, grape from Xuanhua County, and Torreya from Shaoxing.These GIAHS products were well received by visitors.


The exhibition is sponsored by MOA Department of International Cooperation,and organized by the Center of International Cooperation Service. It won the Organization Award and Silver Medal for Design at CATF 2014.


GIAHS initiative was launched by UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in 2002. At present, a total of 31 sites of 13 countries have been inscribed on GIAHS List. China has 11 GIAHS sites on the List, ranking top in the world.GIAHS in China are as below: Qingtian Rice-Fish Culture, Hani Rice Terraces,Dong's Rice-Fish-Duck System, Wannian Traditional Rice Culture, Pu’er Traditional Tea Agrosystem, Kuaijishan Ancient Chinese Torreya, Aohan Dryland Farming System, Xuanhua Traditional Vineyard System, Fuzhou Jasmine and Tea Culture System, Xinghua Duotian Agrosystem and Jiaxian Traditional Chinese Date Gardens. 


With a history of 5,000 years in farming civilization, China is home to diversified agricultural heritage of great economic, ecological and cultural value. Conserving and developing such agricultural treasure will be conducive to increasing agricultural productivity, farmer's income and prosperity of rural community.

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