From the 2 to 3 of June 2021, the Sino-German Agricultural Centre organized its yearly Agribusiness Conference under the theme of “Approaches to Modern and Sustainable Agriculture” in the city of Nanjing, Jiangsu Province. The event brought together representatives from government institutions, various private companies and academics from agricultural research facilities in China and Germany.
The Parliamentary State Secretary to the German Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Mr. Hans-Joachim Fuchtel, and Mr.Sui Pengfei, Director General, Department of International Cooperation, Chinese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (MARA) represented the two ministries in their opening speeches to the conference. The conference focused on the topics “Modernization of Animal Husbandry” and “Modernization of Crop Farming”, complemented by on-site and online presentations on digitization in agriculture and examples of modern agriculture from various Chinese provinces. Representatives from various companies showcased their solutions to agricultural modernization and sustainability. Panel discussions, including questions from the audience, provided a platform for further – and lively – discussions with experts from China and Germany. The hybrid event was attended by about 200 participants at the conference site of the Nanjing Dongjiao State Guesthouse and over 10,000 persons followed the conference in the live-streaming or via Zoom.
The conference was finalized with a visit to Jiangsu, Nanjing Baima National Agricultural Demonstration Park where the latest digital technologies are used to produce high quality agri-products like blueberries, beef and mutton. The event was covered by various Chinese traditional and digital media outlets. People’s Daily which is the largest paper in China, covered the event in a short news as well.