‘The Future of Chinese Agriculture Rests Squarely on Innovation’
Paul Schickler speaks at China’s Food Security & Food Safety Strategy Summit
On Nov. 12, the fourth annual China Food Security & Food Safety Strategy Summit was held in Beijing. Paul Schickler, DuPont Pioneer president, attended the summit and delivered a speech with the theme Commitment to Innovation Transforms China’s Agricultural Industry.
Schickler pointed out that global food security depends on China’s ability to feed itself. With the growth in the standard of living and the acceleration of urbanization, markets put forward new demands to food supply. This trend is leading China to accelerate the development and application of modern technology and provide solutions to the problem of production inefficiency.
Sharing Pioneer’s progress and achievements in technology research and development over the past 90 years, Schickler highlighted the latest CRISPR-Cas applications as the next wave of innovation in advanced breeding efforts. Schickler also shared the benefits that EncircaSM services brought to U.S. farmers in 2016 and described how that program is changing growers’ mindset in farm management.
For 20 years, Pioneer has worked with China to modernize agriculture. Pioneer has invested locally to support the growth of the Chinese seed industry, including building local manufacturing and delivery systems, establishing research and breeding programs, and training local research, agronomists, sales and IT professionals.
Schickler mentioned that only better utilization of both domestic and international resources and markets will enable Chinese farmers to have access to world-class technologies and adopt them to farming operations, and eventually improving income and the quality of life across the nation.
Schickler concluded his remarks by saying, “The future of Chinese agriculture rests squarely on innovation. China will have a dramatic impact on global food security by ensuring its own. Ongoing support for innovation across the food and agriculture sector is the key to achieving our shared goals.”