Minister Han Changfu is seen at a press conference, March 7, 2018. (Photos: People's Daily)
Chinese Minister of Agriculture Han Changfu holds a press conference Wednesday, briefing on rural revitalization strategy and government's efforts to transform and upgrade the agriculture sectors.
The ministry's spokesperson and the office director Pan Xianzheng also joins Han to takes questions.
Agriculture is a priority
China has addressed these issues on the central place of government's work agenda and prioritized the development of agriculture and rural areas, says Han.
China will build rural areas with thriving businesses, pleasant living environments, social etiquette and civility, effective governance, and prosperity by placing sound systems, mechanisms and policies.
The agriculture industry has shifted from quantity oriented to quality oriented.
Substantive progress in supply-side structural reform is one of the main concerns. Steady and optimizing production is required in a demand-oriented market.
The transition from quantity to quality is a must.
MOA will also work on food security.
Food security and supply
China has handled the food security and supply, meeting the demands of more than 1.3 billion people.
"China puts high emphasis on food security and supply, adopting a series of policies and measures to guarantee those issues,” Han Changfu, Minister of Agriculture, said.
Gambian journalist asks questions to Minister Han Changfu at the press conference on March 7, 2018. (Photo: Hao Yong/ People's Daily Online)
Sino-African agricultural cooperation
As being asked what China's policies can help Afircans, Han said that China has cooperated with African countries to help them solve inadequate food supply. China has constructed many agricultural technology promotion centers in 14 African countries to teach agricultural techniques , and is helping to train agricultural technicians. These measures play a positive role in crop production and help Africans to achieve self-sufficiency .
China is sincerely helping Africans without any additional conditions.
China is also always ready to share its own experiences on agricultural reforms with Africans. But they should adopt them according to their own conditions.
“China’s rice is safe and so-called plastic rice doesn’t exist,” Han responded when being asked by the correspondent from Sierra Leone.
China is willing to strengthen its cooperation in Agriculture sector with Africa, Han said
Sino-Russian cooperation in agriculture
China and Russia are not only good neighbors but also good friends and partners.
Agricultural cooperation is an important part in the Sino-Russian economic and trade cooperation and we have reached achievements.
China attaches importance to the Sino-Russian agricultural cooperation, including trade. Last year, the trade volume surpassed 4 billion US dollars.
The MOA of the two countries are working together on an agricultural development plan. China is confident in the prospect of the Sino-Russian cooperation.