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CCAGR: Bridge for Canada-China agriculture, agri-food and life science cooperation
2009-15-07, Guelph, Ontario
Reported by CCAgr Business Development Officer Mychal-Ann Hayhoe
Canada –China Agriculture and Food Development Exchange Centre (CCAgr) representatives met Chinese agricultural scientist delegates from the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) and explored Canada-China agriculture and food research cooperation opportunities.
Dr. X.Y. Hour, Director General of the China Grassland Research Institute, introduced CCAgr representatives to the group of twenty people. These scientists were sent to the University of Guelph for academic visiting and English training by the CAAS and the Chinese government. Dr. Hour pointed out that the CAAS is China's national agricultural research organization and is directly affiliated with the Ministry of Agriculture. The CAAS has the strategic task of serving nation-wide agricultural and rural development and empowering farmers with newly discovered scientific information and technology. Its major mandates are to focus on strategic and applied research that is aimed at solving determinant and key scientific problems which are of national or regional importance.
Dr. Doug Yungblut, P.Ag. and senior scientific advisor of CCAgr, began the event by making warm opening remarks to the Chinese scientists. He also briefly commented on the advances in Canadian agriculture and agri-food research and technology.
Mr. Youming Zhao P. Ag. M.Sc., President of Canada –China Agriculture and Food Development Exchange Centre (CCAgr) addressed the audience. He explained CCAgr’s history, mission and progresses to the Chinese researchers. He also discussed CCAgr’s role in promoting Canada-China agriculture and food research cooperation with participants. Both sides showed strong interests in exploring Canada-China agriculture and food research cooperation opportunities.
Youming Zhao expressed that “this seminar was a success. It offered an opportunity for CCAgr to connect with top Chinese agriculture scientists from different academic backgrounds. The CCAgr will continue using its cultural, language and technical advantages to act as a bridge for Canada-China agriculture, agri-food and life sciences cooperation and exchange”.
To conclude the event, Youming Zhao, President of CCAgr acknowledged with thanks the valuable support of Peggy Nagle, M.Ed, M.B.A. Manager and Jennifer Steeves of the ESL program. He also extended his thanks to the University of Guelph for making the logistical arrangements required to accommodate the seminar.
Photos supplied by CCAGR professional photographer: Daniel J Vautour
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