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With China now New Zealand’s largest goods trading partner, scientists from both countries are set to work more closely on protecting their agriculture sectors from threats like pests and disease.
New Zealand’s AgResearch has recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Institute of Plant Protection - Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (IPP-CAAS) to enable research teams from both organisations to address challenges and seize opportunities around biosecurity and plant protection.
Issues include pest invasion pathways, smart ways to control insect pests and reducing the need for conventional pesticides that may have negative impacts on the environment.
“This is the first phase for us in a closer relationship with IPP-CAAS that will focus on current and future challenges facing our countries,” says AgResearch scientist Mark McNeill.
“It makes a lot of sense to share our knowledge to help both countries protect their important agricultural sectors and help develop their production for the benefit of their people.”
“Agricultural cooperation between New Zealand and China is already extensive. Working together we can achieve more, for both countries and beyond – via China’s `One Belt One Road’ Initiative.”
“We will be working with our counterparts at IPP-CAAS to develop specific joint projects that will support industry in both countries. IPP-CAAS has world-class infrastructure and strong networks across China that make it a highly valuable partner for AgResearch.”