On­tario ties knot with China’s veg­etable town

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By WANG RU in Bei­jing

A gov­ern­ment del­e­ga­tion rep­re­sent­ing On­tario’s lead­ing in­no­va­tive farm­ing and food pro­cess­ing tech­nol­ogy saw in­vest­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties in Chi­nese mar­ket.

The On­tario group re­cently at­tended an in­ter­na­tional veg­etable tech­nol­ogy fair in Shouguang, a city in East China’s Shan­dong prov­ince, known for its green­house veg­etable pro­duc­tion.

Since 2000, the China (Shouguang) In­ter­na­tional Veg­etable Sci-Tec Fair has been co-hosted by sev­eral of China’s min­istries, in­clud­ing agri­cul­ture, com­merce and science and tech­nol­ogy. It is the largest of its kind in China.

From April 20 to May 30, 40 coun­tries and re­gions at­tended the 16th an­nual fair to pro­mote their new veg­etable and fruit prod­ucts, tech­nolo­gies and re­lated agri­cul­ture ser­vices.

Jeff Leal, min­is­ter of the On­tario Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture, Food and Ru­ral Af­fairs, and Michael Chan, min­is­ter of the Min­istry of Cit­i­zen­ship, Im­mi­gra­tion and In­ter­na­tional Trade, led the On­tario del­e­ga­tion.

Deputy min­is­ters, agri­cul­tural spe­cial­ists and pol­icy ad­vi­sors from On­tario, and the trade rep­re­sen­ta­tives from On­tario of­fice in Bei­jing met their Chi­nese coun­ter­parts dur­ing the fair.

Leal, who was key­note speaker at the open­ing cer­e­mony of the fair, said On­tario prod­ucts, such as wine, meat and veg­etable, will be avail­able on China’s on­line shop­ping web­sites soon.

“Shan­dong and On­tario have a close trade re­la­tion­ship and a good prospect on agri­cul­ture and food co­op­er­a­tion, said Chan. “Qing­dao beer is wel­comed in Canada.”

A del­e­ga­tion that con­sists of gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials and agri­cul­tural tech­nol­ogy com­pa­nies from Shan­dong, have been in­vited by On­tario and will visit Canada next month.

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Jeff Leal (right), min­is­ter of the On­tario Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture, Food and Ru­ral Af­fairs, and Michael Chan (left), Min­is­ter of Cit­i­zen­ship, Im­mi­gra­tion and In­ter­na­tional trade, vis­ited a veg­etable green­house in Shouguang, Shan­dong, dur­ing the 16th China In­ter­na­tional Veg­etable Sci-Tech Fair.

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