Canadian Agriculture & Rural Development-- An example for Chinese Delegation
---Beijing Ministry of Agriculture Training Class Completed
July 7th, 2010, Hamilton, Ontario
In order to better understand modern Canadian agriculture and rural development, the Beijing government funded a program to send 18 delegates in high-level positions for 3 weeks of training at York University. At York, the CCAGR was invited to both hold lectures and provide speakers to further the skills and knowledge of the 18 chosen delegates. The CCAGR chose to invite many well-respected professors, consultants, government officials, senior managers, and association leaders to hold lectures on their behalf.
The topics covered by these speakers included Canadian politics, the economic system, agriculture, rural development, as well as Canada-China cooperation in all of the aforementioned areas. Included in the government-funded program were trips to the Town of Ingersoll, the Elora Research Centre, to a potato farm in the northern Toronto, and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture.
On July 7th, 2010, Canada-China Agriculture and Food Development Exchange Centre (CCAGR) announced that with the help of York University, it had completed the training class for the Beijing Ministry of Agriculture. The program had been a success.
During the graduate ceremony, the head of the delegates, Mr. Li ChunTin, said, "Canadian agriculture and rural development models are excellent examples for Beijing, China. The training is very useful for us to make Chinese agriculture and rural development policy and plan."
At the end of the graduate ceremony, the President of the CCAGR, Youming Zhao, P.Ag., commented that the "CCAGR sincerely appreciates all lecturers, speakers, and site visiting hosts for their great support. CCAGR also sincerely appreciates York University for giving us this unique opportunity to connect Canada and China." Youming Zhao, P.Ag. then added "Last but most importantly, I wish to offer my personal thanks to CCAGR senior advisers: Dr. John Kelly,P.Ag., Dr. Doug Yungblut, P.Ag. , Dr. Hielke De Jong, P.Ag. Dr. Neil Miles, P.Ag and other P.Ags from the Ontario Institute of Agrologists (OIA). They are the true giants behind this project."
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