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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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Cargo throughput surges as China's ports streamline customs clearance

2024-07-20 07:14 Last Updated At:08:27

China's border ports have been implementing a range of cargo facilitation policies, leading to a surge in cargo throughput, with a nearly 57 percent year-on-year increase in the inspection of transportation vehicles in the first half of 2024.

According to the data recently released by the National Immigration Administration, China's ports inspected about 15.42 million vehicle, vessel, and train trips in the first six months of this year, a 56.9 percent jump from the same period last year.

The border ports have rolled out a series of measures to streamline customs clearance for cargo. At major land ports, fast lanes have been set up for the rapid release of critical supplies. At major seaports, online declaration has been enabled for border inspection boarding. In international shipping, arriving vessels can have much faster departures thanks to the efficient inspections.

The combined sea-rail transport model, utilizing maritime routes and the China-Europe freight train service, has made the port of Lianyungang in east China's Jiangsu Province one of the most convenient and economical gateways to the sea. It handles more than 80 percent of Kazakhstan's transit cargo to China.

At the port, containers carrying with auto parts, home appliances, and other products are offloaded, hoisted onto trucks, and then loaded onto China-Europe freight trains bound for destinations like Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.

"From unloading to boarding the freight train, the entire process can now be completed in as little as eight minutes. These containers are expected to reach the border ports within six days, greatly reducing transportation time and cost," said a logistics company employee.

The Youyi Pass in the southern Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, also known as Friendship Pass, on the China-Vietnam border is an important cross-national trade channel. To enhance the clearance efficiency of imported fruits, the port has established "durian-only" channels and green channels for agricultural products, as well as an intelligent inspection assistance system. A Chinese cargo truck can now clear customs in just 15 seconds.

As the country's largest land port for fruit imports and exports, the Youyi Pass saw fruit imports worth 23.92 billion yuan (about 3.3 billion U.S. dollars) in 2023, a 262.9-percent surge year on year.

Pattama Narmwong, chairman of the Thai Mangosteen Association, noted that the greatly improved clearance efficiency has considerably cut down on transportation time and costs, supporting the burgeoning development of fruit trade between China and Southeast Asian nations.

Cargo throughput surges as China's ports streamline customs clearance

Cargo throughput surges as China's ports streamline customs clearance

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