Chinese vice premier calls on SCO to deepen agricultural cooperation

22:00, October 26, 2010      

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Chinese Vice Premier Hui Liangyu on Tuesday called for further regional agricultural cooperation among Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) member states.

Hui made the remarks at the opening ceremony of the first SCO agriculture ministers' meeting in Beijing.

Hui called on SCO member states to enhance agricultural cooperation mechanism construction and to deepen pragmatic cooperation in agricultural technology, training and trade and investment.

He proposed member states enhance agricultural exchanges, highlight priority areas for cooperation, improve the cooperative mechanism and accelerate the facilitation of agricultural trade and investment.

He also suggested member states expand cooperation in germplasm resources, agricultural machinery, biotechnology, soil improvement and water-efficient agriculture.

The SCO agriculture ministers' meeting was convened in accordance with the recommendation of Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao at the eighth SCO prime ministers' meeting.

Agriculture ministers and officials from six SCO member states and Secretary-General of the SCO Muratbek Imanaliyev attended the meeting.

The SCO, established in 2001, has six member states: China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.



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