Six representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Peoples Republic of China visited the Netherlands on 18 -19 June, before travelling to the main program in Germany from 20 – 24 June. The visit took place in the framework of the Chinese-German Agricultural Policy Dialogue (APD) component and its current focus on the topic of Agricultural Support Policies.
Delegation leader from the Chinese side was Mr. Zhao Changbao (DDG, Dept. of Sectoral Policy and Law of MOA) as well as Dr. Dietrich Guth (DCZ Political Director) leading the German side. The other Chinese members were Mr. Li Hongtao (DDG of Foreign Economic Cooperation Center), Prof. Wang Xiudong from the Institute of Agricultural Economics and Development of CAAS, Mr. Li Erchao and Mr Li Guanyou, both from MoA. From DCZ side, Conrad Hoyos, Dr. Heinrich Hagel and Oliver Rogall had prepared and accompanied the visit.
The objective of the dialogue was to get a comprehensive understanding of the subsidy system in the EU-CAP, and in Germany in particular. Specific interests were on budgets, income effects, production, effects on sustainability goals and efficient administration. Thus, the study tour included visits to relevant institutions from national to farm level.
In Germany, the delegation received first-hand information from BMEL officials in the fields of policy making on federal level in Bonn. At the Ministry of Saarland actual policy implementation and administration of direct payments, rural development and cross-compliance was discussed. On four farms the delegation could get an impression of the effects of subsidies on agricultural production, farm management and farmers income. During roundtable discussion at DLG HQ in Frankfurt the delegation exchanged views with relevant stakeholders, such as the industry, farmers associations, cooperatives, and science.
Besides the technical programme the tour offered insights in cultural activities, such as wine making, brewery and an historic iron production plant, the UNESCO World Heritage â€œVÃ¶lklinger HÃ¼tteâ€.
The delegation expressed its high appreciation of the outstanding professional quality of the study tour in terms of technical input and smooth organisation.
A follow-up visit and final workshop, to share the experience and findings of all previous APD activities with a broader audience in China is already schedule for the 17th August in Beijing. A draft programme is already available for download.
The Agricultural Policy Dialogue is one of the main components of DCZ. Its Project Steering Committee has chosen â€œAgricultural Subsidiesâ€ as the main topic of the APD in 2017. In 2016 concepts and policies of sustainable agriculture and management of organic residues was covered. In July 2016, MOA representatives already paid a visit to Brussels and Berlin to learn about direct payments, one of the instruments the European Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).