Nanning, 9 Sep (ZXS) -- Tang Renjian, minister of agriculture and rural affairs, said in Nanning, Guangxi, on 16 September that agriculture is related to food security, increasing farmers' income, and social stability, and has always been a key area of China-ASEAN cooperation. China is willing to work with ASEAN countries to jointly promote the development of agriculture in the region towards the goal of a safer, greener, smarter and more stable one.

On the same day, the 7th China-ASEAN Forum on Agricultural Cooperation was held in Nanning, where delegates and officials from the United Nations World Food Programme and other international agencies discussed "Deepening Agricultural Cooperation and Building a New Growth Pole: Opportunities, Challenges and Responses for China-ASEAN Agricultural Development in the Post-epidemic Era".

On September 9, the 16th China-ASEAN Forum on Agricultural Cooperation was held in Nanning, Guangxi. Photo by China News Agency reporter Yang Chen

Tang Renjian proposed that China and ASEAN renew the memorandum of understanding on food and agricultural cooperation to provide strategic guidance for deepening agricultural cooperation between the two sides. Promote the docking of the China-ASEAN Action Plan for Green Development of Agriculture with the ASEAN Guidelines for Sustainable Agriculture, jointly plan and promote key tasks such as the protection and utilization of agricultural resources, environmental protection and governance of production areas, and improvement of the quality, efficiency and competitiveness of agricultural products, and gradually improve the resilience and sustainability of agricultural development.

Tang Renjian proposed that China-ASEAN strengthen agricultural economic and trade legal policies and information exchanges, encrypt economic and trade docking and promote the frequency of activities, build a number of high-level agricultural economic and trade investment cooperation parks, further smooth China-ASEAN agricultural product trade channels, and strive to exceed 2027 billion US dollars in two-way agricultural trade by 1000.

In his speech at the opening ceremony, Myanmar Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation, Min Nam spoke highly of China's outstanding contributions to agricultural exchanges and cooperation with ASEAN countries, and hoped to further deepen mutually beneficial cooperation in agriculture and jointly safeguard regional food security.

Qu Sixi, representative of the United Nations World Food Programme in China, said that the agency is willing to support countries through "South-South cooperation" to address global food security challenges through policy dialogue and capacity building.

The signing ceremony of the Memorandum of Understanding on Agricultural Cooperation between the People's Government of the People's Republic of China of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam was also held at the meeting. (End)