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October 10-11, 2018 Harbin International Conference on Sustainable Development of Rice Industry in Heilongjiang
by Johannes Kluge
On invitation of the Division of Foreign Economic Cooperation of the Heilongjiang Agricultural Commission Liu Yonggong, DCZ advisor for Agri-Business and Eva Sternfeld, DCZ advisor for Science and Technology participated in the International Conference on Sustainable Development of Rice Industry. The conference was held in the context of the 1st International Rice Festival. Liu Yonggong and Eva Sternfeld introduced the DCZ and gave presentations on “Improving competitive power of rice industry in Heilongjiang province” and “Perspectives for marketing of organice rice in Germany”. On Oct. 11 Eva Sternfeld participated in an excursion to the Zhengda Rice Field Park in a large rice producing region in Beilin district, Suihua city. The Zhengda Rice field Park, which in summer also functions as a recreation facility, demonstrates how in sustainable rice plantation ducks can be used as biological weed and pest control. In October, the ducks were out of service already but we could observe the busy harvesting activities. Red banners everywhere are reminding farmers that it is strictly forbidden to burn straw, the ban was obviously observed and straw was collected at designated collection points. The excursion concluded in the afternoon with the visit of Zhengda’s and COFCO’s rice processing facilities in Suihua City.