Agri­cul­tural re­search grants lure top tal­ent

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By ZHOU MO in Shen­zhen sally@chi­nadai­

China is of­fer­ing re­search grants of up to 500,000 yuan ($74,000) to at­tract world­class tal­ent to the agri­cul­tural in­dus­try, as the na­tion looks to gain an edge in an in­creas­ingly com­pet­i­tive sec­tor.

The money will sup­port toplevel ex­perts and young elites from home and abroad to boost de­vel­op­ment and in­no­va­tion, ac­cord­ing to the Chi­nese Academy of Agri­cul­tural Sci­ences, which will han­dle the pay­outs.

Some 5 mil­lion yuan a year will also be al­lo­cated to pro­mote aca­demic ex­changes among post­doc­toral re­searchers, pro­vide health checks for in­dus­try ex­perts and cre­ate awards for those who make out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tions.

The academy said the move aims to at­tract more tal­ent and nur­ture po­ten­tial, with the goal of hav­ing about 4,750 re­searchers aged un­der age 45 in the agri­cul­tural sec­tor by 2030.

China faces grow­ing com­pe­ti­tion for tal­ent in agri­cul­tural in­dus­tries, and the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion can­not meet the de­mand for the na­tion’s fu­ture de­vel­op­ment goals, said Tang Hua­jun, pres­i­dent of the CAAS.

“We need to have a deep un­der­stand­ing of the im­por­tance of tal­ent and take con­crete mea­sures to im­prove the sit­u­a­tion,” he said.

The new grants come as the CAAS cel­e­brates its 60th an­niver­sary. In a con­grat­u­la­tory let­ter, Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping urged the academy to step up in­no­va­tion and strive for a lead­ing po­si­tion in sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy.

In ad­di­tion to fi­nan­cial sup­port, the academy has said it is ex­plor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for more ex­changes with over­seas coun­ter­parts in de­vel­oped coun­tries and re­gions, in­clud­ing Aus­tralia, North Amer­ica and Eu­rope.

Over the past two years, the CAAS has in­vested about 280 mil­lion yuan in help­ing top young sci­en­tists pur­chase equip­ment and carry out R&D.

We need to have a deep un­der­stand­ing of the im­por­tance of tal­ent.” Tang Hua­jun, pres­i­dent of the Chi­nese Academy of Agri­cul­tural Sci­ences


A he­li­copter low­ers a har­ness into the wa­ter dur­ing the res­cue of 12 sailors in wa­ters off Huidong, Guang­dong prov­ince, on Sun­day morn­ing. The sea­men went into the wa­ter when their ship, which had been car­ry­ing sand, cap­sized. The cargo shifted af­ter a fire in the en­gine room. Res­cue teams from Guang­dong and Hong Kong were scram­bled af­ter re­ceiv­ing an emer­gency alert.

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