Wang Zhaoming: Boost grassland restoration, grass industry development
A view of the grass cultivation laboratory of Inner Mongolia M-Grass Ecology and Environment Group [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]
Wang Zhaoming, a deputy to the first session of the 14th National People's Congress and founder of the Inner Mongolia M-Grass Ecology and Environment Group, submitted motions to apply science and technology to accelerate grassland ecological restoration and grass industry development.
Wang introduced that the grasslands in North China's Inner Mongolia autonomous region take up a large area. They also have various types and rich plant resources, which are important sources of provenance, as the grass industry is the foundation for the development of dairy and animal husbandry sectors.
Wang suggested that related science and technology departments should accelerate the establishment of a national grass industry technology innovation platform in Inner Mongolia. They should also open up channels for the innovation of superior and domestically-produced grass varieties, as well as the commercialization and promotion of existing grass varieties.
The platform should tackle key problems in the cultivation of new grass species, forage grass processing, and grassland ecological restoration. This will ensure the construction of large-scale and high-standard breeding bases and forage grass production bases.
Meanwhile, Wang proposed to formulate relevant implementation measures to build high-standard grasslands with crop rotations for grain and grass in specific areas. This includes areas where grasslands and cultivated land intersect, areas with weak land fertility and poor climate conditions, as well as saline-alkali and barren marginal land.
Large-scale chin grass, alfalfa, oats and ryegrass should be included in the planting structure of the cultivated land, so that the grass-grain rotation can be restored to high-standard farmlands.
Moreover, Wang suggested building a grass industry data platform to speed up the digital application of terminals in agriculture, animal husbandry and foraging enterprises. This will accelerate the realization of intelligent seed selection, water, soil and air data monitoring, remote control production, yield growth monitoring, and intelligent mechanical harvesting.
Additionally, Wang suggested increasing subsidies for grass seed production and expanding the scope of subsidies.