EU and China launch young farmers exchange program

EPA / OLIVIER HOSLET

Chinese Agriculture Minister Han Changfu (L) and EU Commissioner for Agriculture & Rural Development, Phil Hogan (R) pose during a signing ceremony of the 'EU-China Exchange Program for Young Professionals in Agriculture' in Brussels, Belgium, 21 April 2017.

EU and China launch young farmers exchange program


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The European Commission along with the Ministry of Agriculture of the People’s Republic of China deep up for global cooperation in agriculture.

Brussels and Beijing agreed to allow young farmers to strengthen bilateral cooperation in the fields of agriculture and rural development by giving to Chinese and European professionals the opportunity to learn about new tools to tackle the challenges they face in their sector, together.

Agriculture and Rural Development Commissioner Phil Hogan and Chinese Agriculture Minister Han Changfu have signed a joint declaration launching this program on Friday in Brussels, allowing visits by young farmers and industry professionals from both sides and participation in training courses, agricultural enterprises, innovative farms, government entities, research institutes, and cooperatives.

“Both in Europe and China, and indeed in Everyone, we need to push the next generation of young farmers and rural entrepreneurs to create a sector fit for the 21st century,” said Hogan on Friday.

The cooperation that allowed the launch of the program in April 2017 is a result of common work since 2012, focusing on sustainable agriculture techniques and environmental practices. The program is co-financed by both China and The EU.

The final recommendations will be made public at a conference to be held in the Asian country at the end of 2018, in order to review the results of the program experience.

The experience gained by the participants in their visits will result in recommendations for the agricultural and rural community and for the political powers of the EU and China.

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