On August 19, 2020, the opening ceremony of the research achievement pilot trial and demonstration base of the National Millet Improvement Center and the Millet Institute of HAAFS was held at Zhoucun Village, Zibo, Shandong Province. The Institute of Millet is the technical supporter of the pilot trial and demonstration base, while the implementation unit is Shandong Huawang Brewing Co. Ltd. Prof. Wang Huijun, former president of HAAFS, Prof. Diao Xianmin, chief scientist of the National Millet and Sorghum Industry Technology System, Prof. Li Shunguo, vice director of Millet Institute, Prof. Liu Jingke, head of the research team for millet processing, Hou Changshen, chairman of Huawang Brewing Co. Ltd. and relevant leaders from China Silver Industry Association, Shandong Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Zibo Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Maternal and Child Health Care Hospital of Zibo etc., altogether more than 30 people attended the event.
Taking this opportunity, the seminar on promoting development by cooperation of enterprise, university and research institution was organized. The experts at the meeting provided their suggestions and guiding opinions on jointly selecting projects suitable to local industry development of Zibo and establishing project library, accelerating the landing of S&T achievements and building talent pool to make Zibo into a highland of qualified enterprises, fine resources and first-class services.
After the ceremony, experts and leaders visited the vinegar production workshop and millet vinegar collection at Huawang Company, discussed with the company about the details of the development plan of the achievement pilot trial and demonstration base, and reached consensus on developing fermented functional products with minor grain crops, sharing platforms and training for enterprise staff. The establishing of the pilot trial and demonstration base marks the further improvement of millet processing technology and research capability of Millet Institute, which will provide better technical support for the high-quality development of the minor crop industry in North China.