In the beautiful autumn season, with the whole country celebrating the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China and the second harvest festival of Chinese farmers, the seminar on Chinese millet culture and industry development was held in Wuan city of Hebei province, one of the origins of the Chinese traditional crop, foxtail millet, from September 24 to 25 of 2019. The theme of the seminar focuses on Exploring Millet Culture, Docking Healthy China, Upgrading Millet Industry, Facilitating Rural Revitalization. Zang Shengye, former secretary of the standing committee of Hebei provincial party committee and secretary of committee for discipline inspection, Zhao Wenhe, former deputy secretary of the CPC leading group and vice-chairman of the Hebei CPPCC, and other former leaders, Vice President Sun Shigang of HAAFS, related leaders of Handan city and Wuan city attended the meeting. Experts and leaders from the National Millet and Sorghum Industrial System and Hebei Millet Industry Technical Innovation Strategic Alliance involving in millet research, production and related industry about 170 persons also participated. The Deputy Director of the Advisory Committee for Policy Decision of the Provincial Party Committee Prof. Wang Huijun chaired the meeting.
Vice President Sun Shigang addressed the opening ceremony. This meeting is to deepen the cooperation between HAAFS and the municipalities. By choosing the Chinese millet culture as the pointcut we hope to promote the upgrading of millet industry in Handan city and to popularize the millet brand with Wuan’s characteristics, so as to drive the whole province and even the national millet industry development and to boost the rural revitalization strategy.
Academician Liu Xu of Chinese Academy of Engineering and other 13 experts and scholars gave presentations from the respective aspects of millet culture and diet, functional agriculture, genetic evidence of millet origin, minor cereals and healthy China, the migration path of millet culture, the regional public brand, millet varieties and processing, and millet industrialization.
Prof. Wang Huijun summarized that this seminar is of high-level and multidisciplinary, attracted large number of participants, which laid the material foundation for the development of healthy China. We should accelerate the popularity of millet and other minor cereal industries, guide the consumption for minor cereals to improve the people’s food structure and develop deep processing products to drive the industrial development, providing basic guarantees for the increase of farmers’ income, agricultural efficiency, rural prosperity, green agriculture and social stability.
The seminar is sponsored by Hebei Academy of Agriculture and Forestry Sciences, the Millet Crop Professional Committee of Chinese Society of Crop Sciences, Hebei Millet Industry Technical Innovation Strategic Alliance, and Hebei Minor Grains and Beans Innovation Team, organized by the People’s Government of Wuan City and the Millet Institute of HAAFS.