Hainan proposes national seed-breeding laboratory

The delegation from Hainan to the 13th National People’s Congress put forth a proposal to establish a national laboratory that would boost innovation and development of the country’s seed industry at Sanya Yazhou Bay Science and Technology City in Hainan province.

The proposal was made during the fourth session of the ongoing session and touted of Hainan’s unique advantages and conditions making it an ideal place to establish a national laboratory having seed research as its core business, Chinadaily.com.cn reported. 

Hainan’s tropical climate has ensured that more than 80 percent of the new plant varieties in China are bred there. It attracts some 8,000 scientists and experts from around the country every year during winter and spring.

The Hainan provincial government has provided large areas of farmland as bases for scientific seed research and breeding. In June last year the central government released a master plan outlining a series of measures to turn all of Hainan Island into a high-level free trade port with strong international influence.

The proposal suggested that the Hainan FTP’s preferential policies be fully utilised to attract the best scientists from around the world, expand international cooperation, and support exchanges in pursuit of breakthroughs in the seed industry.

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