On July 8, newly appointed German agriculture minister Julia Klöckner met her Chinese colleague Han Changfu in Berlin. The two ministers agreed on closer cooperation in the field of research and rural develop-ment, as well as exchange in the field of digitalisation in agriculture and food industry. They agreed that the Chinese market will be opened for imports of German poultry. They further discussed possible impacts of the African Swine Fever.
During their conversation the two ministers also spoke about the Sino-German Agricultural Centre (DCZ), which according to Klöckner is a proof of the close and successful cooperation of the two countries in the field of agriculture.
At the 5th German-Chinese inter-governmental consultations the two ministers signed an agreement on the exchange of young agriculture experts
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On July 10, Minister Han Changfu, Xie Jianmin, Director-General of the department of International Coopera-tion of MARA, and Shen Liping, counselor for economy and trade at the Chinese embassy in Germany, accompanied by Friedrich Wacker, head of the Department of International Corporation, BMEL, visited the Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Engineering and Bioeconomy (ATB) in Potsdam near Berlin. They were informed about ATB’s research on animal welfare and sustainable livestock management, visited the freshness lab, where they learnt about ATB’s recent projects targeting quality and safety of food and feed along the post-harvest value chains and as well about ATB’s projects in processing bioplastics.