Dorset based grain processors and dryer manufacturers, Evans and Pearce have been selected to be part of the Global Business Innovation Programme’s Technology Visit to China in March this year.
Rob White, managing director, applied to be one of the 15 nationally selected companies, after recently returning to the UK, following a visit to New Zealand to see customers. The planned trip will provide exclusive access to the Chinese Agri-Tech sector whilst meeting some of China’s Agri-Tech companies and research organisations.
China’s Agriculture sector accounts for only 9 per cent of GDP, yet the industry employs over 320 million people. China has to feed a fifth of the world’s population, from only a tenth of its arable land. The challenge of feeding a growing nation has long been a major concern.
“This really is a unique opportunity, which I am thrilled to have been selected to take part in” says Mr White.
“Whilst I know the scope of how the trip is planned out on paper, I am sure it will be a huge learning curve. The chance to visit a Research and Development Centre, discuss Agricultural Science/Technology Developments and the challenges they face, is one that as a farming enthusiast and secondly, a business owner, is truly exciting. It would be great to think some of our knowledge of crop ventilation may help China store crops more efficiently, and in doing so reduce any wastage. Until I am there, I really do not know what to expect.”