Speech by Ambassador Li Chao at the closing event of Chinese Young Farmers Study tour of EU-China young farmer exchange programme
Your Excellency Ms. Anonia Gamez-Moreno,
Mr. Illar Lemetti
Mr. Luo Ming,
Distinguished young farmers,
Good afternoon! It is my great pleasure to meet you here in the beautiful and peaceful old town.
I know that the Young Farmers had very tight schedule those days, Although it is a little tired in physical, but many Young farmers think it is a rewarding trip, they gained a lot of valuable experiences in the study tour. This is just the purpose that China and EU to set up the EU-China young farmer exchange programme. Through the communication in the excellent young farmers from China and EU countries, they enhance the mutual understanding, establish contact and cooperation, meet challenges jointly and share the fruits of development ultimately.
Issues relating to agriculture, rural areas, and rural people are fundamental to China as they directly concern our country's stability and our people's wellbeing. Addressing these issues should have a central place on the work agenda of Chinese government. At the beginning of the year, China released a package of policies under the "No 1 central document" of the year, charting the roadmap for rural vitalization. In order to complete the grand strategy, we should bring together all social forces and strengthen the talent support for rural vitalization. It is particularly important to cultivate and attract talents from all walks of life to join the rural construction.
At present, the Chinese government is implementing two-pronged strategies in terms of rural talents: On the one hand, cultivating modern professional farmers and strengthening new types of agricultural management entities. On the other hand, attracting various types of talents such as urban residents to start up business in rural areas, and let the rural areas become a vast space for talent. The 12 young farmers we have here today are excellent representatives of Chinese professional farmers. Chinese government will training 1 million modern professional farmers this year to improve their production skills and management skills.