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15th China Agricultural Trade Fair opens in Beijing
Date:2017-09-22    Source:Xinhua News Agency

The 15th China Agricultural Trade Fair (CATF 2017), hosted by the MOA, kicked off in Beijing on 21 September 2017. Vice Chairman of the NPC Standing Committee Mr. Zhang Baowen and Vice Chairman of the CPPCC National Committee Mr. Luo Fuhe attended the event.

In his speech at the opening ceremony, Mr. Zhang noted that in recent years, China’s agriculture has grown steadily, farmers’ income continued rising and rural environment kept improving, thus strongly sustaining national economic growth, reform and restructuring, people’s livelihood and risk prevention. It also constitutes a solid foundation for building a well-off society and achieving modernization, and significantly contributes to global food security and agricultural development.

 

At a new starting point, the Chinese government will pursue innovative, coordinated, green, open and shared development, actively advance supply-side structural reform and carry forward the Belt and Road Initiative jointly with all countries.

 

First, sincere cooperation for mutual benefits. China is willing to further exchanges and cooperation with all countries for common development.

 

Second, scientific innovation for coordinated progress. China advocates organic and innovation-driven development, and empowers agriculture through science, technology and talents. This will as a result invigorate agricultural development in China and the whole world.

 

Third, pursue green, ecologically-sound and sustainable development. China will unswervingly implement the strategy of sustainable development, uphold the basic national policy of resource conservation and environment protection, enhance ecological cooperation and support circular agriculture, so as to put in place a new agricultural development pattern that matches the carrying capacity of environment and resources as well as production, living and ecological conditions. China will make new contributions to world ecological security by seeking a sustainable development path.

Minister Han Changfu delivered a keynote speech at the opening ceremony. He said that CATF 2017 showcases the remarkable achievements in China’s agricultural and rural economic development under the leadership of CPC Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping as the core since the 18th CPC National Congress. A sound agricultural and rural economy serves as a strong backbone for economic and social development around China. Currently, agriculture in China has entered a critical stage of transformation and upgrading. Considering the overall situation of agricultural and rural economy, the CPC Central Committee and State Council have made it a centerpiece to push forward supply-side structural reform for agricultural and rural work in China. In line with the requirements of CPC leadership and the innovation-driven development, CATF 2017 highlights high quality, brand building and cultural elements and contributes to agricultural modernization of wider scope. The MOA hopes that all guests, exhibitors and visitors could cherish the opportunity of exchanges and cooperation, and taste and select among the abundant agricultural products.

The opening ceremony was chaired by Vice Minister Qu Dongyu and addressed by the Algerian Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries Mr. Abdelkader Bouazghi.

CATF 2017 advocates the theme of “distinctive features, ecology first, brand building, green development” and displays the great achievements of agricultural and rural economy since the 18th CPC National Congress. The Fair covers an area of 31,000 m2 and has attracted 49 exhibition groups and over 1,600 enterprises, including over 50 enterprises from 26 overseas countries and regions such as the U.S., Russia and Italy, etc.

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