The “Sino-German Crop Production and Agrotechnology Park”, is a Private Public Partnership Project, financed under the Economic Cooperation Programme of the German Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL). The project is implemented by AFC in close cooperation with its long-standing partner, DLG International, providing assistance to the project team through their office in Beijing.
During the past two years the project team together with its Chinese colleagues have worked on solutions to improve soil fertility and reduce production costs, while – at the same time – keeping or even increasing the level of harvest results. New crop rotations were tested and new crops, such as rape, soybeans, maize and broccoli were introduced to break the traditional crop rotation system of wheat/barley and wet rice. German machinery and plant protection products were used under the prevailing soil and weather conditions and the results can be used as a basis to further improve the production process and especially the soil conditions.
During the 3rd field day the visitors learned about the results of the various demonstrations and trials and our agribusiness partners (Amazone, BASF, Bayer Crop Science, Claas, Deutz-Fahr, Grimme, Horsch, Lemken, Müthing, Pöttinger, Rauch and Syngenta) could display their machines and products that were used for the trials. 12 different stations were prepared by the project team to show the trials, incl. seed variety trials, different seed rates and fertilizer applications, different soil preparation methods, direct sowing and mulching effects, etc.
The field day started with an official opening and a number of presentations from Chinese and international experts on rice and rape production systems and their respective mechanisation as well as on fertilizer application and the N-min method.
Following the field day, the third meeting of the project Steering Committee took place on the 29th of September during which cropping, demonstration and activity plans for the coming project year were presented and discussed with the main project stakeholders, incl. representatives from the German and Chinese Ministries of Agriculture.
For further information on the project, please visit the website www.huanghai-demopark.cn