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7 ministries jointly released National Planning of Quality-Based Agricultural Development (2018-2022)
by Juan Marquardt
On 18 February 2019, seven Chinese ministries, i. e. Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (MARA), National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), Ministry of Finance (MOF), Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM), State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR), State Food and Strategic Reserve Administration (SFSRA), jointly released an official document named National Planning of Quality-Based Agricultural Development (2018-2022).
The planning document addressed seven strategic areas and relevant countermeasures for improving the quality of agricultural products and the whole industrial value chain, namely:
Promoting and speeding up the green development of agricultural sectors: optimizing the sectoral structures; effective use of water and land resources; rational use of agricultural inputs, including fertilizers and chemicals, and protection of ecosystem on the production sites, etc.;
Fostering the standardization of the whole agricultural value chain including production, processing and product circulation: developing value-chain based technical standards; introducing and adopting international production and quality standards; promoting the systematic application of relevant standards to the entire production process, etc.;
Integrating and optimizing the agro-industrial chains: further facilitating the systematic integration of production, processing and marketing; strengthening the establishment of regional and local agri-marketing systems at the production site, including physical facilities and infrastructures, market information systems, product quality supervision systems; supporting the establishment of cool-chain logistic facilities for product storage and transportation; innovating the product circulating mechanisms and channels; promoting the development of new agri-business modalities, such as agri-tourism, farms for rural leisure activities and recreation, etc.;
Developing and further improving agricultural branded products, i. e. developing a nation-wide branding system; improving the brand registration and supervision mechanism; strengthening brand advertisement and promotion via public media; developing internationally prestigious brands, etc.;
Improving and ensuring the quality of agricultural products: further strengthening the quality inspection and quarantine systems; reinforcing the food-safety law and regulatory enforcement capacity; strengthening the agriproduct quality risk assessment and warning system;
Strengthening the scientific and technological innovation in agriculture, i. e. development of high-quality production technologies; improving the quality and efficiency of agricultural machines, facilities and equipment; applying high-quality and highly productive technologies; speeding up the application of digital agricultural technologies, etc.;
Developing high-qualified human resources and talented teams for agriculture: ensuring the innovation and demonstration roles of new agricultural entrepreneurs; supporting the development of innovative professional farmers; strengthening the capacity and competence of agricultural service providers and organizations, etc.