On September 15, the 2019 Huang-Huai-Hai Region Maize Competitiveness Improving Forum and Field Day of the National Maize Industrial Technology System was held in Shijiazhuang, being organized by Shijiazhuang Integrated Experimental Station of the National Maize Industrial Technology System, i.e. the Institute of Cereal and Oil Crops, HAAFS. The chief expert , related post experts and station leaders of the National Maize Industrial Technology System, representatives of the Maize Industry Innovation Team of Hebei Provincial Modern Agricultural Industry System, technical director for the demonstration county of Shijiazhuang Integrated Experimental Station of the National Maize Industrial Technology System, representatives of the involved enterprises, maize growers and persons from the media, more than 100 people attended the event.
Vice President Zhang Jianjun presented in the meeting and pointed out that maize is one of the staple crops mainly supported by the STI and demonstration projects in HAAFS, that HAAFS owns the expert post of Huang-Huai-Huai diseases and pests integrated management, the integrated experimental station of Shijiazhuang and the integrated experimental station of Hengshui under the National Maize Industrial Technology System, the expert posts of whole-process mechanization and soil fertility improving under the Hebei Provincial Maize Industrial Technology System, and that HAAFS is the chief of the leading unit of Hebei Provincial Maize Germplasm and Breeding Technology Innovation Team as well. Zhang also mentioned that HAAFS has achieved all-round progresses in the research areas of maize germplasm innovation, variety breeding, breeding technologies and green production technology system, and hope all scientists could give strong support to the science, technology and innovation of maize.
Director Zhou Baojin of Shijiazhuang Integrated Experimental Station introduced the Hebei’s maize production situation, main cultivated varieties and existing problems. Chief expert Li Xinhai of the National Maize Industrial Technology System considered that the Shijiazhuang Integrated Experimental Station has done an excellent job in implementing the 2019 test and demonstration tasks and also gave full recognition to the organizing of this forum.
On the field day, themed as High Yield and High Efficiency Summer Maize Variety and Green Technology, the participants visited respectively the Dishang Experimental Station of the Cereal and Oil Crops Institute and the Baofengyuan household farm in Zhaoxian county, discussed about the ways to improve the competitiveness of maize in Huang-Huai-Hai region.
This event has enhanced the influence of HAAFS’s maize research in China and promoted Hebei’s development of maize industry.
The farmers channel of Hebei TV and Hebei Farmers Daily followed up on the whole event.