Harvest festival promotes new seeds and agricultural technologies

By Zhao Yimeng in Beijing and Huang Zhiling in Chengdu | China Daily | Updated: 2022-09-23 09:23

Fishermen pull in a giant net at Qiandao Lake in Chun’an, Zhejiang province on Thursday to celebrate the Chinese Farmers’ Harvest Festival. Some 40 tonnes of carp were caught. WANG JIANCAI/FOR CHINA DAILY

The fifth Chinese Farmers’ Harvest Festival, designated on the day of the autumnal equinox, falls on Friday this year, with a major event to be held in Chengdu, Sichuan province.

Tang Ke, head of the festival organizing committee office, said that this year’s festival will focus on the goal of benefiting farmers by introducing and promoting new seed varieties and technologies in agriculture. agriculture, as well as publicizing the Rural Revitalization Act.

In Jiangsu province, a week of voluntary medical care and schooling support services will be launched in rural areas to help farmers.

Activities featuring agricultural culture, such as the presentation of intangible agricultural heritage and rural sports events, will take place during the festival.

A cultural and creative products market will be opened in Henan province while a farmers’ singing event is planned in Heilongjiang province to showcase local traditions.

Events to boost food consumption will be held in 36 cities to increase farmers’ incomes and boost the festival economy.

The winners of the Top Ten Farmers and the National Farmers’ Skills Competition will be announced, Tang added.

The major event of this year’s festival is held on farmland in an agricultural exhibition park in Chengdu, where five exhibition centers have been built alongside a 200-hectare high-quality agricultural land, introducing the rural cultivation and technologies related to cereals.

The colorful rice planted on the farmland creatively represents corn, cabbage, chickens and granaries, offering an image of harvest and prosperity to visitors, Tang said.

Kindergarten children together draw a picture to depict a good harvest in Yantai, Shandong province, on Thursday. SUN WENTAN/FOR CHINA DAILY

The role of science and technology in the development of agriculture will also be highlighted at this year’s festival. The exhibits will focus on smart agriculture, digital villages and boosting the seed industry.

The Great Granary Science and Technology Exhibition Center at the main event site in Chengdu aims to promote high-quality varieties, modern agricultural machinery and advanced technology.

In Changping District in Beijing, the operation of an unmanned corn harvester will be demonstrated in a field.

Local authorities are urged to organize agricultural technology promotion, production skills training and other activities to provide farmers with more exchange and learning opportunities, Tang said.

Wang Yuanwei, a farmer from Yongfeng Village in Sichuan, received excellent rice varieties and learned a series of new planting techniques from the local science and technology bureau.

His 213 hectares of paddy fields have seen another bumper harvest this year, he said at one of the launch activities in the province on Sunday.

To involve more farmers in the festival and boost creativity and productivity, farming skills competitions will be held to cultivate talents in planting, entrepreneurship, e-commerce and folk art, said Mr. Tang.

Urban residents also participate in the festival through consumer promotion activities that started on September 13.

E-commerce platforms such as Alibaba, JD and Pinduoduo have actively responded to the promotion season targeting agricultural products.

Local authorities will carry out various consumer promotion activities that integrate online and offline sales, helping farmers to increase their incomes and enriching the dishes on the tables of urban residents.

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