The 13th Dairy Conference of China and 2022 China Dairy Top 20 (D20) Summit were held in Jinan, Shandong Province, on Sept. 6, 2022. Ma Youxiang, Vice Minister of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of China (MARA), attended the opening ceremony and delivered remarks.
The conference emphasized the following areas:
1) reviewing past achievements and experiences, and pinpointing future difficulties and challenges, so as to take the dairy industry to a higher level;
2) stepping up efforts in the upgrade of dairy farms to lay a solid foundation for dairy industry;
3) revising and improving the quality and safety standard system for dairy products, and establishing and optimizing a whole-process tracking mechanism covering animal breeding, dairy processing and product distribution to ensure the quality and safety of dairy products;
4) Assisting dairy enterprises to increase the share of self-owned dairy farms, encouraging dairy farmers to work on dairy product processing, and boosting the production of dried dairy products, so as to extend and improve the industrial chain;
and 5) optimizing the supply structure of dairy products and increasing the supply of high-quality and affordable dairy products, while encouraging the consumption of dairy products by promoting their nutritional values, in order to match demand and supply.
Themed "Build up National Confidence in the Dairy Industry, Steadily Promote High-quality Development", the conference launched the 2022 Quality Report on the China Dairy Industry and the Action on Improving Dairy Production during the 14th Five-year Plan Period. During the event, China’s top 20 dairy companies had in-depth discussions on building dairy farms, monitoring silage reserves, and advancing digital transformation of the dairy industry, etc.
In 2021, domestic dairy production of China stood at 37.78 million tons, up by 7% year-on-year, while milk yield increased by 400 kilograms year-on-year to 8.7 tons. The proportion of large-scale farming reached 70%, a 2.8% year-on-year increase. The pass rates of sample inspection for fresh milk, dairy products, and infant formula milk powder registered 99.9%, 99.87% and 99.88%, respectively, indicating that the quality and safety of dairy products is taking a lead in the entire food industry. According to the National Bureau of Statistics, milk production continued to maintain good growth momentum with an 8.4% increase year-on-year in the first half of 2022.