China Promotes Rearing of Local Breeds

CHINA - On 29 March 2011, a ceremony of Present Farmers with Quality Breeds was held by the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) in Jixi county of Anhui province to launch a number of such activities to benefit farmers.
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Over 500 participants attended the ceremony, including officials from the National Animal Husbandry Service (NAHS), Anhui Bureau of Animal Husbandry and Health (BAHH), Xuancheng city and Jixi county governments as well as experts and farmers' representatives. The ceremony was chaired by the NAHS Deputy Director General. Li Xirong NAHS Director General and Dong Weixing Director General of Anhui BAHH made remarks at it, according to the National Animal Husbandry Service (NAHS).

At the ceremony, companies engaged in quality breeds industry and relevant research institutes, including Anhui Fengrun Ecological Agriculture Development Co. Lid, Beijing Huadu Yukou Poultry Co. Ltd, the Institute of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary under the Anhui Provincial Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Jilin Provincial Institute of Apiculture Science and Anhui Wuhu City Zhong Poultry Co. Ltd, presented farmers with a total of 20 300 heads of quality breeds such as Wannan Black (pig), Jinghong No.1 layer, Wan long-hair rabbit and queen bees of Yi bee as well as over 300 sets of books, periodicals and DVDs about animal farming. Experts from Anhui and other provinces were invited to give lectures and on-the-spot technical advice. In addition, three technical service groups were organized to provide house-to-house technical advice for animal farming households and enterprises.

These activities aim at greater efforts for genetic development and the establishment of multiplication systems for quality breeds. To this end, NAHS is to will organise breeding enterprises to present with and introduce 16 breeds of livestock and poultry, 100,000 technical books, manuals and leaflets in 10 provinces and autonomous regions including Anhui, Liaoning and Jiangsu, with benefited farms and farm households of 25,000. By doing so, 100,000 farms and farm households would be involved through demonstration. Quality breeds to be presented would be worth over two million yuan and bring economic benefits of some 20 million yuan.

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