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Cangnan’s sci-tech cooperation projects boost high-quality development of modern agriculture
Date:2022-09-23 11:18:50 Source:Wenzhou·China Fonts:[ Large Medium Small ]

Yida Modern Vegetable Seedling Base in Mazhan Township, Cangnan County of Wenzhou City, East China’s Zhejiang Province

Cangnan is a major agricultural county as its total output value of agriculture, forestry, animal husbandry and fisheries has been ranking the first in Wenzhou for years. How to elevate a major county to a leading one? Sci-tech is the key! Cangnan County has recently decided to jointly establish Cangnan Modern Agricultural Industry Research Institute with Wenzhou Vocational College of Science and Technology, with plans to implement a series of sci-tech cooperation projects to advance the high-quality development of modern agriculture of the county.

According to the cooperation agreement, Cangnan County and the college will establish a leading group to coordinate the affairs of the research institute in 5 years. Wenzhou Vocational College of Science and Technology will appoint a seasoned professional as the dean and legal representative of the research institute; Cangnan County Agriculture and Rural Affairs Bureau will also send its staffs to rotate on assigned jobs of the institute. The Institute will work on (1) promotion and commercialization of technology, (2) investigation, research and decision-making consultation, (3) industrial research and technological application demonstration, (4) talent training and agricultural management, (5) enterprise incubation and resource pooling, (6) brand and platform building. Thus, Cangnan can improve its comprehensive agricultural productivity, the support of agricultural science and technology, and the competitiveness of products in the market.

Once the agreement was signed, Wenzhou Vocational College of Science and Technology put the investigation and decision-making consultation high on its agenda, and sent a team of professors to carry out a six-month field trips for preliminary studies on the current status of Cangnan’s “agriculture, rural areas and farmers”. The experts of the institute are to write annual research reports on local agricultural industry, rural reform, rural governance and rural tourism as the reference for the county’s decision-making. Efforts will also be made to assist Cangnan in preparing and applying for 2 agricultural projects at least, and gaining support from governments of higher level to drive local development with good projects.

The cooperation between Cangnan and Wenzhou Vocational College of Science and Technology is not new. As early as 2010, the college sent Zai Wenshan, a tomato expert, to work in Cangnan as a technician. Over the years, Zai has cultivated not only the variety of tomato that can be overwintered but also provincial-level sci-tech enterprises, R&D centers and poverty alleviation cooperatives. She has even been referred to as “tomato beauty”. Cangnan is later known as “Tomato Kingdom” in East China’s Zhejiang Province because of her. Chen Zongzao, head of Cangnan’s Agricultural and Rural Affairs Bureau, said that the college, whose predecessor was an agricultural sciences institute, had been endowed with a wealth of resources for agricultural research and education, and the research institute would further implant scientific and technological “genes” into Cangnan’s agricultural sector to step up the efforts to build modern agriculture.

From talent sharing to comprehensive cooperation, what matters is Cangnan’s commitment to science and technology. Focusing on the goal of building modern agriculture through technology and machinery, the county has taken the lead in Wenzhou’s agricultural development through industrial restructuring, production modes upgrading, and the improvement of quality and efficiency. Cangnan has agreed to establish an integrated innovation industrial park for new tomato varieties, and put pilot projects of rural reforms and laver industry in place. With these steps, Cangnan scored high in the mid-term review of the National Modern Agricultural Industrial Park, which is the sign of its vibrancy of agricultural transformation.