7th Sino-German Agricultural Week successfully held as an online event
von Dr. Jürgen Ritter
In the context of the bilateral cooperation between the German Federal Ministry for Food and Agriculture (BMEL) and the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (MARA), the 7th Sino-German Agricultural Week (DCAW) organised by the Sino-German Agricultural Centre (DCZ) was held from 1-2 December 2021 in Beijing.
The two-day event consisted of 2 thematic sessions:
- Workshop on Sino-German Agricultural Cooperation and Rural Revitalization
- Workshop on Sino-German Digital Agriculture Solutions
Mr. Zhang Lubiao, Director General of the Foreign Economic Cooperation Centre (FECC), chaired the opening session of the event and welcomed the online audience. Mr. Ma Youxiang, Vice Minister of MARA delivered a recorded opening speech in which he stressed the increasing importance of smart farming in China and its possible contribution to a green development of the agriculture sector.
Ms. Julia Klöckner, former Minister of BMEL, delivered a pre-recorded opening address in which she elaborated on the wide range of BMEL-supported projects to foster rural development in Germany. She also praised the ongoing Sino-German collaboration and was hopeful that the successful cooperation in the field of animal husbandry will be continued as well.
High-level representatives from politics, science and agribusiness of both countries participated in this event and contributed online or with recorded video messages. Representatives from various companies showcased their solutions to agricultural digital modernization and their contribution to the revitalization of rural areas.
The DCAW was effectively broadcasted online and the number of viewers in China reached about 4,000 to 5,000. Furthermore, on each of the two days, 80 participants took part in the event via Zoom.
The detailed report on the DCAW can be found on the project website: www.dcz-china.org