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Dutch Delegation Visits Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences

DATE:2018-04-19       SOURCE:MARA Information Office
 

 

On April 12, a Dutch delegation led by H.E Carola Schouten, Vice-Premier and Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, and Mr. Arthur Mol, President of Wageningen University and Research (Wageningen UR), visited the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) and enjoyed warm reception of Mr. Tang Huajun, Party Group member of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of China (MARA) and President of CAAS.

 

In his speech, Tang Huajun expressed his congratulations to the centennial anniversary of Wageningen UR, with which CAAS has formed a friendship since the 1990s. The diversified and multi-disciplinary cooperation between the two sides at various levels have nurtured a large number of agricultural research talents and witnessed the establishment of China’s first joint international laboratory for bilateral agricultural cooperation and international cooperation platforms in 5 different academic fields. The findings of the cooperation on International Potato Genome Sequencing Project have been published on Nature. We hope that CAAS and Wageningen UR can further strengthen cooperation on the existing good basis for collaboration and in a wide range of areas including food safety, animal waste management and environment protection, intelligent agriculture, rural vitalization policies and talents training.

 

Vice-Premier Schouten highly applauded the friendship between Wageningen UR and CAAS. She remarked that though the two institutes are thousands of miles apart, they share a tight bond of collaboration. She hopd that scientists from both sides could continue to work together for  joint wisdom and encourage more agricultural research institutions and enterprises to take part in the bilateral cooperation.

 

During the visit, the two sides jointly planted an evergreen tree symbolizing friendship and cooperation. President Mol expressed his great delight and quoted the Chinese proverb it takes ten years to grow trees but a hundred years to rear people, indicating a new start point to deepen cooperation in research and talent training.

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