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Vice-premier stresses tech innovation to grow grass and animal husbandry

Updated: Aug 29,2016 8:57 PM

Vice-Premier Wang Yang underlined science and technology innovation amid the transformation and upgrade of grass and animal husbandry industries to achieve sustainable development, during an inspection in the Inner Mongolia autonomous region on Aug 29.

He said speeding up the development of artificial grasslands, partly for animal husbandry, was an important way for the herdsmen to increase income, and a big part of the supply-side structural reform of agriculture.

The vice-premier praised the work of a demonstrative base in the recovery of natural grasslands, cultivation of artificial grasslands and the processing of grass products in Hailaer of the region.

The demonstrative base is co-built by the Academy of Social Sciences and a farming agribusiness group in Hulun Buir, within the Inner Mongolia autonomous region.

Technology is the key to developing the industries, Wang said, while urging to increase R & D to improve the variety of grass and fine breeds, and to step up building reproduction bases to enhance efficiency and competitiveness in an all-around way.

He also urged efforts to explore various development routes fitting for different regional conditions, conserve grassland ecological system and promote production capacity.

Public services must be strengthened, and demonstrative role of large-scale operating enterprises must be presented to the full in a bid to promote the application of technologies, Wang said.