Words and photos by Li Xiaofeng
GUANGZHOU CITY More than 7,000 new flower, herb and vegetable varieties were showcased at the 17th Guangdong Seed Expo, held from Dec 10-13 in the Kemulang area of Guangdong Province.
Organized by Guangzhou City, Nangfa Rural Newspaper and Guangdong Seed Trade Association, the expo attracted more than 10,000 visitors.
To accelerate development of a modern seed industry in southern China, the Guangdong government since 2002 has successfully hosted the annual event, which facilitates lucrative public and private opportunities for business matching, R&D collaboration and promotion of the latest production technologies and equipment.
According to organizers, the expo has directly contributed to the increase of local farmers’ incomes by as much as 3 billion yuan, with more than 90,000 varieties demonstrated and nearly one million visitors joining over the years.
As the event’s main organizers, Nanfang Rural Newspaper was responsible for organizing the main exhibition arreas, as well as field demonstrations and the annual “Kemulang Forum”, the events main seminar.
Among the 7,000 new varieties demonstrated this year were both local and imported eggplants, leafy vegetables, melons, flowers, and Southern Chinese medicinal herbs newly.
Many APSA member companies joined the event as exhibitors or active participants, including Syngenta, Guangdong Provincial Improved Variety Introduce Service (GLseeds), Rijk Zwaan, Incotec, Beijing Jewelry, Clover Seeds, Hybreq Seeds, Wuhan Yafei Seeds, Wuhan Hanyan Seeds and Shenzhen Sangye seeds.
The theme of the expo this year was “Scientific and Technological Innovation to prompt the Revitalization of the Seed Industry,”.
All in, exhibition and demonstrations spanned nearly 350,000 square meters; there was a total of 110 exhibition booths. Aside from two main exhibition areas dedicated to seed there were also exhibition zones shocasing advanced technologies and equipment demonstrations.
Held on December 11, the 11th Kemulang Seed Industry Forum was organized under the theme “The new journey of seed industry opening up”, and was attended by more than 200 representatives from agricultural departments, seed enterprises, scientific research units, seed dealers and farmers from all over China.
Representing APSA at the forum were Past President and Honorary Life Member, Dr. Zhang Mengyu, past EC member, Dr. Ma Dehua and current EC member Mrs. Zhu Xiaobo, who all gave presentations about regional and international trends.
Another organizer of the expo, Guangdong Seed Trade Association, managed the premium hotel-room exhibitions at the Tianhong Hotel. According to Ms. Zhang Kaisui from the Secretariat of the assoiciation, there were a total 330 hotel-room exhibitions, which attracted about 10,000 visitors.
“This year, the hotel booth is very popular and was booked out not long after opening registration. The number of visitors is increasing and we are seeing increased interest for these rooms, especially from international seed companies,” she said.
Many APSA members had booked rooms including recent Asian Seed Congress sponsors, Anseme SPA (from Italy) as well as golf tournament sponsors, Wuhan Yafei Seeds.