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Chinese premier highlights agricultural innovation during inspection in Henan

2024-05-23 21:49 Last Updated At:05-24 16:57

Chinese Premier Li Qiang called for concrete efforts in summer farming to achieve a good harvest of grains while highlighting agricultural innovation with the support of technologies, during his inspection of central China's Henan Province from Wednesday to Thursday.

Li visited farmlands, a seed cultivation innovation center,a food enterprise and a research institutions in Zhengzhou and Xinxiang cities of the province.

Hearing reports on local efforts in summer farming and the development of high-standard farmlands in Xinxiang, Li learned about wheat growth at the farmlands and talked with agricultural experts.

Li called for well-arranged summer harvest and mechanized harvesting operations in different regions, stressing the need to ensure timely grain drying and airing operations.

He also called for well-arranged summer grain and field management, disaster prevention and reduction, and preparations for summer sowing.

Highlighting a good job of summer grain purchase and reserve, Li said that it is necessary to give full play to the policy of minimum purchase prices, so as to ensure that farmers have a good income, and build more eligible fields into high-standard ones.

He said that China will never weaken, but will continue to strengthen its policy support for agricultural production.

Li visited a national industrial innovation center for biological seed cultivation to learn about its technological breakthroughs and capacity in scientific research, and visited the Sanquan Food company to look at its ingredient examination, product development and automated production.

Li underscored the foundational role of seeds in agricultural modernization, urging strengthened efforts to build innovation platforms for the seed industry, forefront research of major species, and accelerate industrialization to cultivate more goods seeds to ensure food security of China from the source.

He highlighted the need to give agricultural researchers more incentive support, and attract more students and professionals to engage in agriculture.

Li encouraged giant companies to play a leading role in promoting the development of the whole supply chain, improving product quality, and enhance brand reputation to grow the specialty food industry.

He called for innovation in agricultural business and increase of farmers' income to support rural revitalization in all respects.

Li held a symposium with researchers at the Henan Academy of Sciences in Zhengzhou, encouraging them to explore more paths to integrated scientific research and production.

He also fully recognized Henan’s achievements in economic and social development, expecting the province to play a bigger role in building a more prosperous central China region.

Chinese premier highlights agricultural innovation during inspection in Henan

Chinese premier highlights agricultural innovation during inspection in Henan

Chinese premier highlights agricultural innovation during inspection in Henan

Chinese premier highlights agricultural innovation during inspection in Henan

Chinese premier highlights agricultural innovation during inspection in Henan

Chinese premier highlights agricultural innovation during inspection in Henan

Chinese Premier highlights agricultural innovation during inspection in Henan

Chinese Premier highlights agricultural innovation during inspection in Henan

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Israeli army may have repeatedly violated laws of war in Gaza: UN report

2024-06-20 02:18 Last Updated At:06:17

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) may have repeatedly violated fundamental principles of the laws of war in a series of prohibited indiscriminate attacks on Gaza, according to a report issued by the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Office on Wednesday.

Released during the 56th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, the report details six notable attacks targeting Gaza's residential buildings, a school, refugee camps, and a market between Oct 9 and Dec 2, 2023, which involved the suspected use of GBU-31, GBU-32 and GBU-39 bombs.

"The report details six emblematic attacks involving the suspected use of GBU-31s, or 2,000-pound bombs, GBU-32 1,000-pound bombs, and GBU-39, 250-pound bombs from the 9th of October to the 2nd of December 2023 on residential buildings, a school, refugee camps, and a market," said Jeremy Laurence, the spokesperson for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), at a press briefing in Geneva.

GBU-31, 32 and 39 bombs are mostly used to penetrate through several floors of concrete and can completely collapse tall structures. Given how densely populated the areas targeted were, the use of an explosive weapon with such wide area effects is highly likely to amount to a prohibited indiscriminate attack, the report finds.

The OHCHR has reported that at least 218 deaths have been confirmed as a direct consequence of the six attacks. However, it cautioned that the actual death toll is likely to be significantly higher.

"The report concludes that these Israeli strikes indicate that the IDF may have repeatedly violated fundamental principles of the laws of war. In this connection, it notes that unlawful targeting when committed as part of a widespread or systematic attack against a civilian population, in line with a State or organizational policy, may also implicate the commission of crimes against humanity," said Laurence.

The report also says that such unlawful targeting may also implicate the commission of crimes against humanity.

"Israel's choices of methods and means of conducting hostilities in Gaza since the 7th of October, including through the extensive use of explosive weapons with wide area effects in densely populated areas, have failed to ensure that they effectively distinguish between civilians and fighters," said Laurence.

"It became very clear to us that the nature of weapons that were used, especially on a wide area, that have a wide area effect, is extremely dangerous in the context of Gaza, and we have been saying this, in several reports and statements, that Gaza is a very densely populated area. And in these six incidents, we had sufficient information to demonstrate, the civilian casualties, both in terms of the deaths as well as injuries, and where we felt that the principles of international humanitarian law, particularly precaution, distinction, proportionality, were not necessarily followed," said Ajith Sunghay, an official with the OHCHR in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.

Although the report primarily focuses on Israel, it also highlights that Palestinian armed groups have continued to fire rockets indiscriminately towards Israel, inconsistent with their obligations under international humanitarian law.

Israeli army may have repeatedly violated laws of war in Gaza: UN report

Israeli army may have repeatedly violated laws of war in Gaza: UN report

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