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Vice-premier highlights crucial role of crop-seed site

Updated: Nov 4,2014 3:58 PM

Vice-Premier Wang Yang inspected agricultural facilities in Hainan province, including a site focusing on breeding crop seeds, during a visit on Nov 2-3.

Wang highlighted the importance of crop seeds, and the work being carried out to ensure their resilience, in the development of the agricultural sector.

The site — a national strategic resource — is “a laboratory of nature” that will boost the output of seeds, he said.

It should be designated a protected conservation area that will guarantee that the agricultural sector will benefit from a scientific approach.

Wang called for related departments at all levels, and for society in general, to increase investment in the process and boost the endeavor.

The vice-premier noted the significance of the site, stressed the importance of biosecurity, and the role of research and development in agricultural science and technology.

Wang also inspected areas under land reclamation in the province, which he said is a significant aspect of the agricultural economy.

The deepening reform drive requires a modern agricultural sector, and large-scale agricultural operations should still play a leading role, he said.