China’s efforts to increase food security are aided by a new list of 276 states

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China: China has released a list of 276 state-backed breeders, including dozens who will help the country develop a stronger and more independent seed industry, as part of its growing push for agricultural self-sufficiency.

The action is in line with Beijing’s efforts to increase the country’s food supply for more than 1.4 billion people, an effort that was prioritized two years ago due to the effects of the pandemic and trade disputes with d ‘other countries.

Additionally, concerns about a global food crisis have increased in light of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and crop damage caused by extreme weather conditions. The ban on some food exports from Taiwan due to the recent tensions in the Taiwan Strait is putting further pressure on trade.

According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, the new “National Seed Industry Formation” list includes 121 enterprises in aquaculture, 86 enterprises in the livestock and poultry sector, and 69 enterprises and institutions. livestock in the crop sector.

We must work to establish a group of leading companies in the seed industry to realize the transformation from a great country to a strong one, the ministry said in a statement Monday after the list was released on Thursday.

The ministry said all listed companies should be treated as “key subjects” that need to be supported by the country’s agricultural authorities. Therefore, they need to acquire sufficient resources, technology, talent and capital to foster innovation and increase the level of global competition.

Longping Hi-Tech Agriculture, Syngenta Group China and Beijing Debinong Technology are among the notable companies on the list.
As China tries to rely more on domestic food production in a changing global environment, policymakers have identified seeds and arable land as the two most important resources needed to feed the country due to their resources. limited agriculture. .

The official People’s Daily said in an online commentary on Monday that the development of China’s seed industry is still plagued by a number of problems, including insufficient protection and use of [genetic material] resources (such as seeds), low levels of reproduction and low levels of reproduction. innovation, weak competition from seed companies and the market environment that urgently needs to be adapted.

The party’s official spokesperson claimed that the new list is part of a “systematic program” to help develop a national group of seed companies. Furthermore, he pointed out that “focusing our efforts on key issues…how important it is to protect China’s food security with Chinese seeds.”

Beijing expanded its list of state-sponsored seed breeding and production bases in April for the first time since 2013, in a bid to “revive” the seed industry. Full details of the approved action plan have not yet been made public, however.

The government has appealed to companies to help ‘bridge the gap’ to achieve ‘overseas advanced levels’ on seeds of important crops such as corn, soybeans, cotton and potatoes , as well as to improve the domestic breeding of pigs, cattle and sheep. is also planning. ,

The government will also strengthen the protection and regulation of intellectual property and create “one-to-one” interaction mechanisms with major companies.

According to Goldman Sachs analysts, China is finally reducing its dependence on imports through the adoption of advanced practices in precision farming, animal health management and seed breeding.

In a report released on Monday, he said “seeds are the foundation of agriculture and play an important role in ensuring China’s long-term food security.”

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