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Vice Minister of Agriculture of the People's Republic of China visits Saxony
12 February 2020
The Sino-German Agricultural Centre (DCZ) has again received important support. As the responsible project manager from the implementing company (IAK Agrar Consulting GmbH, Leipzig) Stanimira Penkova reports, the Vice Minister of Agriculture of the People's Republic of China, Zhang Taolin, appreciated the project on January 17 when he visited the state of Saxony as an important link between the agricultural sectors of both countries.
During his visit, the Vice Minister, together with a delegation from the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, obtained information about the latest developments of Germany's agricultural policy and the situation in the eastern federal states. The State Secretary for the Environment and Agriculture, Gisela Reetz, explained details on these issues to him. Hans-Uwe Heilmann, member of the board of the agricultural cooperative "Agrarprodukte Kitzen eG", was able to provide interesting answers to questions regarding the perspective of agricultural producers. He presented his company and reported on current challenges for practical agriculture as well as problems of agricultural financing. During a final tour through selected production areas, the Chinese guest had the opportunity to observe the construction of a so-called transparent cowshed the agricultural cooperative is currently building. In the eyes of Stanimira Penkova, the visit was more than helpful for the bilateral cooperation project: "The interest of the Vice Minister is an incentive for us to include new approaches in the project work in 2020 and thus make the programme even more interesting for the Chinese side," said the IAK project manager.
Exchange of experience on Saxon soil: Chinese Vice Minister
of Agriculture Zhang Taolin (right) and his interpreter (left)
in conversation with Hans-Uwe Heilmann from Agrarprodukte
Kitzen eG (centre).
Building the future: Chinese-German visions on the future
transparent cowshed being built by Agrarprodukte Kitzen eG.