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China’s agricultural modernity wows foreign journalists

By Li Linbao, Gao Bing, Zhang Bolan (People's Daily)    09:30, September 29, 2019

Journalists on short-term media workshop under the Belt and Road News Network show great interest in China’s achievements in agricultural modernization. (Liu Long/People’s Daily)

Foreign journalists were amazed by China’s modern agricultural facilities and lauded the country’s agricultural modernity as they visited Yangling Agriculture Hi-Tech Industrial Demonstration Zone, a national-level high-tech development zone in northwest China’s Shaanxi Province during a recent media workshop held by the Belt and Road News Network (BRNN).

Their questions about Chinese agriculture such as spray and drip irrigations, as well as fertilizers “stormed” Ma Xinshi, president of an entrepreneurship and innovation park of professional farmers in Yangling, who was surrounded by enthusiastic Latin American and Spanish journalists at the park.

Several journalists from Spain’s Radio International and Agencia EFE were attracted by the irrigation system of the park which according to Ma, has a high efficiency and can save 70 percent of water thanks to its drip irrigation.

Referring to a row of bags containing farmyard manure and organic fertilizers that lined up in a fruit greenhouse, Ma introduced that such fertilizing method would bring down the restrictions of local soil qualities on the growth of plants, and these bags are easy to carry.

(Liu Long/People’s Daily)

China has done a great job applying organic fertilizers, said Cinthia Velarde, a journalist from Peruvian news agency Agencia de Noticias Andina, explaining that the original taste of the food has been better preserved thanks to the agricultural innovations made by the parks in the region.

Leaving the entrepreneurship and innovation park, journalists visited the Sino-Israel Agriculture High-tech Demonstration Park in Neixiang County, central China’s Henan Province, where the Internet of Things (IoT) system for greenhouses in a fertigation control center caught their eyes.

The journalists were greatly impressed by a screen equipped for the system on which real-time conditions of the park’s irrigation system were shown.

Moreover, the intelligent system has enabled the demonstration park to significantly lower the amount of labor and fertilizers needed, reduce water pollution, and improve the quality of the produce.

“The advanced control system here impressed me a lot,” said Marco Antonio Bravo, Director General of Confirmado.net in Ecuador. He told People’s Daily that technological innovation is vital for farming.

(Liu Long/People’s Daily)

China’s modernization efforts have helped its people secure a better live, said Alejandro Garza, Sub-director of International News of Notimex, official news agency of Mexico.

Many people are engaged in agriculture in Mexico, said Garza, noting that he hopes the Mexicans can live a better life by exchanging experiences and conducting cooperation with the Chinese people.

The long-term development of agriculture is bound to benefit the future generations, Garze remarked. 

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