Recently, Tang Huajun, President of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) and the member of the Leading Group of the Communist Party of China of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of the People’s Republic of China, led a delegation and visited Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan. The delegation expanded cooperation between CAAS and the national agricultural education and scientific research institutions in the three countries, respectively signed cooperation agreements, clarified the key areas and projects as well as methods and mechanisms for carrying out agricultural science and technology cooperation in Central Asian countries with different characteristics and confirmed plans regarding the establishment of joint laboratories and strengthening youth talents training.
During the visit to Tajikistan, the delegation visited the first batch of overseas demonstration parks of agricultural technology established by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs and officially signed the cooperation agreement with Tajik Academy of Agricultural Sciences for the first time. The two sides have reached cooperation consensus on jointly establishing cooperation platforms for cotton, fruit trees, animal husbandry as well as veterinary science, holding academic seminars and training courses. The delegation also renewed the cooperation agreement with the Agricultural University of Tajikistan.
During the visit to Uzbekistan, the delegation visited the cotton test base of the Institute of Cotton of CAAS and held talks with the Uzbek Ministry of Innovation and Development, the Uzbek Academy of Agricultural Sciences and the Tashkent State Agrarian University respectively. In order to implement the agreement reached when Minister Han Changfu visited Uzbekistan last year, they had in-depth discussion on some issues such as: strengthening cooperation in the areas of cotton, rice, fruit trees, sericulture and veterinary science, especially the establishment of joint cotton laboratories. Both sides advanced the implementation of work plan and clarified the work in the future.
During the visit to Kazakhstan, the delegation held talks with Almaty Agricultural University and Seifullin Kazakh Agrotechnical University in Astana respectively and participated in the official launch ceremony of the Joint Laboratory for Animal Disease Prevention and Control established by the CAAS at Seifullin Kazakh Agrotechnical University. The two sides had a discussion and reached a consensus regarding the future development of the joint laboratory, building of the agricultural big data center and personnel training.