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The first summer camp for Charles Sturt University in Fuzhou --a great success!

 Time: 2017-08-19  Author:   

From June 19th, 2017 to July 3rd , the first summer camp for Charles Sturt University (CSU) at Fuzhou was hosted by FAFU. Fourteen CSU teachers and students majoring in agricultural and environmental sciences participated in the camp.
On June 19
th, the camp opening ceremony was held at conference room of OEC. On behalf of the entire staff and students, OEC Executive Vice-dean Peifen Zhuang and Director of International Student Office Ruibi Lin extended a warm welcome to their arrival and made a brief introduction to the schedule.
For two weeks, CSU teachers and students have extensive exchanges with FAFU counterparts at
College of Crop Science, College of Horticulture, China National Engineering Research Center of JunCao Technology,  and so on. Moreover, they visited locally representative agribusiness from  production to distribution, and thus had a clear idea of modern agriculture  with Chinese characteristics.
In our College of Bee Science (CBS),  Prof. Shaokang Huang briefed visitors on CBS’s discipline construction and  showed them around
ApitherapyHospital. They were all  amazed at the idea of apitherapy at such a college never heard before. At the Center of JunCao    Technology, CSU visitors got to  know properties of several Juncao and its significance for livestock farming,  environmental governance and poverty alleviation. During the visit, they also  became aware of traditional Chinese philosophy of health. Despite a tight  schedule, OEC provided Australian friends with courses like Chinese phonetics,  calligraphy and Tai Chi to promote the spread of traditional Chinese  culture.
CSU visitors were also given  opportunities to enter enterprises. Their first stop was modernized organic  farm of Faith Farm which boasts its “Smart Agriculture”. Ms. Li Chen, chairman  of Faith Farm, elaborated on its integration of brand agriculture, smart  agriculture and ecological agriculture. Besides producing crops, the Farm  develops organic farm tourism and takes responsibility for communicating an  idea of organic farming to the public. The idea left a deep impression on Australian  visitors. The second stop was Longjing Vineyard at Shoushan, Mr. Yinzeng Wu,  director of the vineyard, entertained guests with summer black grapes, and  shared his own views on organic farming and relevant industries. What  interested visitors most was “Grape Adoption” system that customers adopt and  attend to grape trees in their spare time to relax themselves. The third stop  was Yongcheng Pig Farm. The farm is
China’s first national core pig  breeding farm as well as the demonstration field for purifying porcine pseudorabies. Mr. Xue, the Chairman and  President of Farm Group, explained the status quo of Yongcheng Pig Farm and China’s  livestock breeding industry to foreign visitors. The fourth stop was Great  Olive Co. Ltd. The company showed visitors unique olives of Fujian. One of Australian students Jordan  Mills uttered in surprise, “the olives here are different from those in Australia. By  the way, olive juice tastes good.” In the Q&A session, foreign  teachers and students asked for details about raw materials selection,  production and sales. The fifth stop was Haixin Foods Co., Ltd. Foreign  visitors came to know traditional Fuzhou  cuisine-fish balls and its production process, as well as the history and  modernized transformation of the company. Mr, Guangxian Huang, the product  director of Haixin Foods Co., Ltd, showed them around the lab which integrates  quality verification, research and development. As the only listed company of  bio-marine complex in China,  Haixin took on its core idea of sustainable development to make contributions  to the deep-sea development. The company has produced fish balls for over a  century, but doesn’t stop its pace of progress. Three series of products have  been launched to satisfy customers at different ages and of different flavors.  This business pattern and philosophy was well received by Australian visitors.  The last stop was XinpoVillage at BaishaTown, MinhouCounty.  Here foreign visitors realized Chinese cropping patterns for small rural  households: modern concept of planting, a moderate scale of family farm, and a  lifestyle close to nature. Mr. Chang Wei, the farm’s sponsor and FAFU alumnus,  exchanged ideas of agriculture with Australian visitors. CSU team-lead teacher Katrina Durham was  pretty impressed by the visit, speaking highly of Mr. Wei’s dedication to  promoting a shift in agricultural patterns.

Translator: Jingjing Zheng  Reviewer: Liqing Wei  

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