Minister Tang Renjian and Governor of Gansu Province Ren Zhenhe held a work meeting and signed a framework agreement on jointly promoting cold climate and dryland farming along the Gansu section of the Silk Road Economic Belt on May 18, 2021.
Minister Tang Renjian commended the notable achievements in poverty reduction and the development of efficient farming with local features by Gansu Province. He stated that the MARA would further cooperation with Gansu through greater support in funding, projects and policies to boost high-quality agricultural and rural development in the province. To this end, efforts will be focused on:
- Accelerating the development of ecological farming and protected agriculture in the Gobi desert. This will contribute to meeting increased land demand for promoting food security while developing featured industries, and boosting farmers’ incomes.
- Stepping up seed industry development. Gansu’s capacity to develop seed banks for maize, potatoes and rape will be improved, and its breeding of new varieties of crops (e.g., corn and potatoes) and livestock (cattle and sheep) will be accelerated.
- Boosting rural revitalization by enhancing cold chain logistics, improving infrastructure, basic public services and rural living environment, and increasing sustainability in rural development.
Governor Ren Zhenhe stated that Gansu is committed to consolidating outcomes in poverty alleviation and developing competitive industries with local features to turn Gansu into a province of strong agriculture.
An agreement on promoting cold climate and dryland farming in Gansu Province was signed at the end of the meeting. Highlighting ecology and green development, the agreement aims to foster industrial systems, production systems and operation systems of dryland farming in cold climate areas, and making Gansu Corridor a model in efficient dry farming for northwestern China.
MARA Chief Economist Wei Baigang attended the meeting.