October was a busy month for the vegetable seed industry in north China, with several back-to-back seed and vegetable trade shows to mark the Autumn harvest and winter planting period – in Beijing, Tianjin, Xingtai, Zhengzhou and Shangdong.
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Asian Seed attended three of these shows, joining record crowds to engage in the knowledge exchange, trade and promotion of China’s latest and greatest vegetable varieties. APSA members – including current and past Chinese Executive Committee members and past presidents – were well represented at the events. APSA China Liaison Manager Ms Li Xiaofeng reports:
First Xingtai International Cruciferous Vegetable Industry Congress
The first event of its kind and scale in China to promote R&D and trade of staple brassica crops was held 27 to 29 October in Xingtai City, Hebei Province. Held under the theme “integration of innovation and development”, the event was organized with the aim of promoting close integration of Cruciferous vegetable production, knowledge and research, and to enhance international exchanges.
It was jointly organized by Xingtai Municipal People’s Government, Southern newspaper Media Group and China National Seed Trade Association.
More than 400 delegates attended the main forum on October 28: The topic of the morning session, hosted by CNSTA Secretary General, Ms Tian Weihong, was “Focus on Production-Learning-Research Integration”, while that for the afternoon session, hosted by the President of the Vegetable Branch of China Seed Association, Dr. Xu Yong, was “Building the industrial chain”.
The technical sessions, organized at the Xingtai Wanfeng Hotel, featured dozens of leading Chinese and international academicians and experts who presented on the latest breakthroughs and trends in breeding and trade of cruciferous or brassica family vegetables. The conference was complemented by variety demonstrations at the Jierumei Agricultural Research Park, where more than 2,000 cruciferous vegetable varieties were showcased, including Chinese cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, radish and kohlrabi. From these, a special committee judged and selected 88 “excellent varieties” based on taste, aesthetics, marketability, yield, disease-resistance and other quality-indicator traits. These included 12 radish; 13 Chinese cabbage; 6 broccoli; 35 cabbage and 22 cauliflower varieties.
Returning to the major northeastern China port city for the third straight year, the 2019 Tianjin International Seed Expo stands drew more than 20,000 visitors.
Held October 14 to 16 at the Xiqing District Social Mountain International Conference Hotel, the expo was co-organized by Tianjin Agricultural Association, Tianjin seed Industry Association, Xiqing District people’s Government and Tianjin Academy of Agricultural Sciences, under the guidance of China Seed Association and Tianjin Agricultural and Rural Committee.
Utilizing the spacious 10,000 square meter exhibition area were 627 booths representing 1,156 exhibitors, mostly from Mainland China, in addition to an international contingent of 19 exhibitors from Germany, France, Britain, the Netherlands, Japan and South Korea.
In addition, a 104 mu (6.93 hectares) variety demonstration field was set up at the Rice Park in Wangwenzhuang Town, Xiqing District, comprising 80 mu (5.3 ha) of open field demos, and a 24 mu (1.6 ha) facility area – featuring 4,310 varieties from 24 kinds of vegetables, including tomatoes, cabbage, peppers, watermelon and cauliflower.
The 27th Beijing Seed Conference was held at Langfang International Convention and Exhibition Center from October 18 to 20. Organized by the Fengtai District Agricultural and Rural Bureau and District Seed Association, under the leadership of the Fengtai District Committee and the district government, the premier Chinese seed trade show was held in parallel with the second Beijing Seed Poverty Alleviation Conference.
The three-day event attracted some tens of thousands of visitors and delegates, including officials from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, the Poverty Alleviation Office of the State Council, relevant leaders at the provincial and municipal levels, representatives of Seed Relevant Organizations, associations, and enterprises
Exhibitors represented more than 670 seed enterprises from China and abroad. According to organizers, the expo facilitated the trade of more than 500 million yuan worth ($70.7 million) of seeds and seedling, while transactions for all agricultural products reached 1.2 billion yuan. ($169.7 million)