About the Project
The Sino-German Agricultural Centre (DCZ) is a joint initiative of the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of the People’s Republic of China (MARA).
Recent developments in China with relevance to Sino-German cooperation in the agricultural sector and current DCZ activities!
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Learn about the perspectives of political decision-makers, entrepreneurs and farmers on smart agriculture.
20 October 2020
The National People’s Congress Standing Committee of China voted to adopt the law on October 17th, 2020, according to Xinhua, and it will come into effect on April 15th, 2021.[...]
23 September 2020
Since China's accession to the WTO, the scale of agricultural trade between China and EU has expanded year by year. According to China Customs data, from 2002 to 2019, Chinese exports of agricultural products to the EU increased by 4.9 times. In 2019, they reached 9.44 billion U.S. dollars, meaning an average annual growth rate of 11%, which was 2.7 percentage points higher than that of the United States over the same period. [...]
24 July 2020
On July 16th, the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (MARA) released the “China Rural Industrial Development Plan 2021-2025”. According to the proposed “plan”, the establishment of the rural industrial system will be completed by 2025 and the quality and efficiency of rural industries will be significantly improved: the rural employment structure will be optimized and the channels for farmers' income will continue to expand. [...]
22 July 2020
As a follow-up action for implementing the State Council’s 2020 No.1 Document, Outline of Digital Rural Development Strategy and Key Works of Digital Rural Development in 2020, on 18 July 2020, seven Chinese ministries, i.e. Cyberspace Administration of China, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, National Development and Reform Commission, Ministry of Industry and Informatics, et al, jointly released a Circular on Conducting National Rural Digitalization Pilot Work. [...]
MARA Releases Guidelines to Accelerate the Development of Facility-Based Agriculture and Horticulture
1 July 2020
On 27 June 2020, MARA released official guidelines to accelerate the development of facility-based agriculture and horticulture. The document points out the importance of facility-based horticulture technologies and equipment for securing the “vegetable basket” and for increasing farmer’s income. [...]
8 June 2020
On 8 June 2020, China published the “Report on Implementation Achievements of Rural Revitalization Strategic Planning (2018-2019)”. The report is jointly prepared by Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (MARA), National Development and Reform Committee (NDRC) and other 25 relevant ministries. The report concludes that the implementation of the strategic planning in the past two years has achieved significant progress and laid a good foundation for the implementation in the forthcoming years [...]
16 April 2020
This summary was prepared based on the report “5G+agricultural application”, released on April 8, 2020, by Gao Kaoping from VCEARTH agri-consulting company (35斗), based in Chongqing, China (http://vcearth.com/).[...]
MARA Signs a Cooperation Agreement with Tencent and China Telecom on Practicing Digital Rural Governance
8 April 2020
As a follow up action to implement the rural governance strategy promulgated in China’s 2020 No.1 Document, on 2 April, the Department of Rural Cooperative Economy, Chinese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (MARA), signed a cooperation framework agreement with Tencent Co., LTD and China Telecom Group to expand the application of information technologies and “Internet+” in rural areas. [...]
18 March 2020
On 11 March 2020 a ministerial notice on the 2020 Agricultural and Rural Policies and Rural Reform Work has been released by the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs. The notice highlighted the following key policy and reform areas: [...]
MARA Unveils Plan to Promote the Development of New Agricultural Entrepreneurs and Service Providers
18 March 2020
As follow-up action of implementing China’s 2020 No.1 Document, on 9 March 2020, the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (MARA) published a Plan for Promoting Healthy Development of New Agricultural Business Entities/Entrepreneurs and Service Providers (2020-2022). [...]