The 29th China Yangling Agricultural High-tech Fair (CAF), with the theme 'Innovation, Cooperation and Food Security', will be held from September 15 to 19 in the Yangling Agricultural Hi-tech Industries Demonstration Zone, the so-called Agri City of China.
The SCO Center for Modern Agricultural Exchange and Exhibition Area of the China Yangling Agricultural Hi-Tech Fair This year's CAF, which will cover an exhibition area of 48,000 square meters, will feature Chinese and international agricultural high-tech achievements and advanced applicable technologies in 1,450 booths across three indoor exhibition halls. Ten-plus major events will be held concurrently, including the 2022 SCO Modern Agriculture Development Roundtable and the Seminar on the Past and Future of China-Africa Agricultural Exchange and Cooperation, according to the Organizing Committee.
800 exhibitors from 31 countries and regions and Chinese provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions will participate in this year's Fair. Uzbekistan will be the guest of honor this year.
Since its inception in 1994, the CAF has attracted tens of thousands of enterprises from the agricultural sector, as well as scientific and educational institutions from more than 70 countries and regions, with more than 1 trillion yuan in investments and transactions. It has evolved into a vital platform for demonstration and promotion of China's agricultural hi-tech achievements and an important window for international cooperation and exchange in agricultural science and technology.
In recent years, China has intensified cooperation and exchange with SCO member states. For example, at the 19th meeting of the SCO Council of Heads of State held on June 14, 2019, an initiative taken by China was the establishment of an SCO Demonstration Base for Agricultural Technology Exchange and Training in Shaanxi Province, the goal being to strengthen cooperation with regional countries in the field of modern agriculture.
As the earliest agricultural high-tech industries demonstration zone in China, Yangling is home to a cluster of agricultural colleges and universities including Northwest A&F University, seed R&D companies, and agricultural technology innovation teams. As the host city for the SCO Demonstration Base for Agricultural Technology Exchange and Training, Yangling has promoted exchange and cooperation opportunities among SCO member countries, covering modern agriculture, food production, trade and investment via international agricultural exchanges, training and demonstrations, and has delivered an array of international cooperative parks in agricultural high-techs.
The SCO Demonstration Base for Agricultural Technology Exchange and Training was inaugurated during the 28th CAF in Yangling in 2021, signaling agricultural hi-tech as the new envoy of SCO member states. To support the development of the SCO Demonstration Base and to promote Shaanxi's high-standard opening-up, the 1st SCO Agricultural Expo will be held concurrently during the 29th CAF through a range of multilateral and bilateral international cooperation and exchange events.
Yangling has formed more than 10 SCO platforms for agricultural research exchange and cooperation, held 28 agricultural technology training sessions for SCO member states, and expedited the construction of SCO agricultural hi-tech demonstration parks. Going forward, increasing programs in agricultural exchange, training and demonstration will be delivered.
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