Shanghai Farm: The city's food basket is expanding
Shanghai Party Secretary Li Qiang urged local farmers to focus on the goal of supplying safe, high-quality and green agricultural and associated products and highlighted the role of high technology during his visit to Shanghai Farm, the city's largest modern agricultural production base.
The farm in Yancheng City, Jiangsu Province, now has 200,000 mu (13,333.3 hectares) of plowed fields, 50,000 mu of woodland, 80,000 mu of fishponds and a range of large-scale and modernized livestock and poultry farms.
It belongs to Shanghai-based Bright Food Group Co.
In the past, it mainly produced crops, but it has expanded into planting, breeding, forestry and processing to supply quality agricultural and associated products to Shanghai and serves as residents' indispensable "rice bag," "vegetable basket" and "milk can."
At a section for crops in the farm's science and technology industrial park, Li learned that the farm is striving to build its own rice brand, featuring cultivation without chemical fertilizers or pesticides.
The cow farm introduced advanced international technologies and facilities to build a smart farm with the company's innovations in cow breeding, which can produce more than 200 tons of fresh milk every day.
Li also pointed out that besides the reform and innovation, the farm should keep raising its competitiveness and market influence as well as participating in the Yangtze River Delta integration.
It should enhance its communication with Jiangsu Province and deepen the two sides' cooperation on co-building and sharing an eco-friendly environment and ensuring the supply of high-quality agricultural products for mutual development.