March 21-22, 2016 Members of the DCZ met with representatives of Liaoyuan city administration and their party organization on a field excursion to Northeast Jilin Province. The local government of Liaoyuan is planning a large ecological agricultural project in a 440 km2 area of high significance for their water supply and soil resources. The local program is part of the National Modern Agricultural Demonstration Zone scheme receiving funding directly from the MOA. With the help of ecological farming methods it is intended to transform the current high input maize farming practice into more resource-conserving and environment-friendly agriculture, thereby improving the water and soil quality and to further enhance the regional development.
The DCZ intends to take up selected topics of the Jilin project proposal, such as the assessment of agricultural policy instruments for sustainable farming and ecological production. In the framework of the Agricultural Policy Dialogue (APD) component they will provide practical aspects, which will enrich the conceptual debate of the bilateral policy dialogue.