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Xi stresses seed independence

By MO JINGXI | China Daily | Updated: 2022-04-12 07:53
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Chinese President Xi Jinping, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, visits a seed laboratory to learn about seed industry innovation in Sanya, South China's Hainan province, April 10, 2022. [Photo/Xinhua]

Sustained efforts to develop resources called key to achieving food security

President Xi Jinping has emphasized the importance of independence in seed sources in order to ensure China's food security, calling for sustained efforts in developing the country's seed industry.

He made the remark on Sunday as he inspected Hainan Yazhou Bay Seed Laboratory in Sanya, Hainan province, where a major seed breeding base is located.

Due to Sanya's location at 18 degrees north latitude, the breeding cycle of seeds can be greatly shortened, thus providing superior conditions for agricultural scientific research. Since the 1950s, more than 70 percent of the nation's new crop varieties have been bred at the base there.

China's food security can only be achieved when seed resources are tightly held in Chinese hands, Xi said, adding that the country's seed sources must be independent and controllable, and technologies related to the seed industry must be self-reliant.

This is a matter of strategic significance, he said, calling for efforts to carry forward the spirit of scientists and researchers of the older generations, such as Yuan Longping, the late agronomist known as the "father of hybrid rice".

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