A team of government officials, corporate executives, researchers, entrepreneurs and growers from the states of Nagaland, West Bengal, Orissa, Maharastra and Punjab comprising of 18 members visited Shanghai, Beijing, Shenyang and Shougaung in China from September 11-19.
The mission to China organised by India-China Alliance Centre New Delhi was officially led by R. Khing, state parliamentary secretary for horticulture.
The mission to China coincided with Expo 2010 Shanghai China, 2010 China International Seed Industry Exposition, Shenyang China International Agriculture Exposition and 2010 China International Seed Industry Forum. A press release issued by team member Dr. R. Elithung Lotha stated the purpose of the mission to China was to have a first hand knowledge on production methods of horticultural and agricultural crops both under greenhouse and open field conditions, mass production methods of planting materials especially vegetable crops, marketing systems, supply and distribution chains for inputs and produces, packaging and processing of produces particularly horticultural crops.
The mission team was invited by professor, Dan Gouying of Rural Development Institute in the China academy of social sciences in Beijing, the highest policy making institute in China.
In a meeting with the professor and his associates, the team leader R. Khing, spoke at length mentioning the purpose of the team’s visit to China, and acknowledged for being given the opportunity to visit the premier institution as well as their pleasant hospitality.
He further stated China and India have been maintaining good relationship and learnt from each other, which has grown from strength to strength since the time of Huen Tsang and Fahein who visited India during the ancient period.
During the process of interaction, the team was informed by the professor that China had attained a high degree of farm mechanization and marketing systems including supply chains and distribution of inputs and produces, and further stated that professionalism in the field was due to advancement in communication technological systems.
The interactive session touched upon issues ranging from agriculture credit system to role of research institutions, agricultural universities and delivery of experts’ services to farmers for development of land based income generating activities in the country.
The mission team later visited fruits and vegetables whole sale market in Beijing to see post-harvest handling of fresh fruits and vegetables such as sorting, grading and packaging.
The mission team further proceeded to Shenyang (Liaoning Province), north eastern part of China considered as one of the food bowls of China.
The visit coincided with China (Shenyang) Seed Expo 2010 held from September 15 and 16 at International Centre.
The team also attended the inaugural programme of China (Shenyang) Seed Expo 2010, and later driven to much talked about glorious farms in the outskirt of Shenyang city where large scale cultivation of various horticultural crops are done under hi-tech green houses.
The team visited Shougaung (Shadong province), a province that produces ¼ of total horticultural crops in China.
The places visited by the team in Shougaung included the 11th international vegetable sci – tech fair, vegetable museum, hi-tech seed production centre, vegetable production centres under green house conditions, besides a to the fruits and vegetable wholesale/auction centre, the biggest such facility in China with the state of the art facilities in an area of 200 ha, managed by non-governmental body.
The mission team from Nagaland included R. Khing, state parliamentary secretary for horticulture, Dr. N. Ben Aier, the mission director (HTM-NE), horticulture department, DHOs, entrepreneurs and some progressive growers.