1st 2 days in China—7d late

28 Jun

AgriGarden and Beijing Int’l Flower Port

Friday saw the first day of a group of us Horticulturists from SEC (TX, AR, MS and LA) as a part of a USDA Foreign Agricultural Service Scientific Cooperation Exchange Program with the People’s Republic of China, visiting Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences National Agricultural Sciences & Technology Demonstration Park.

It claims to be the first company working on Plant Factory, Urban Horticulture, Multi-Function Technology Hydroponics System, LED Plant Cultivation Lamp, and Home Gardening in China. We saw many plant factory and hydroponics production. I nibbled on every leafy green on my path and I knew it was not sprayed—-not just because the host told me so—-there were plenty of aphids, live, on the leaves.

Wallboard hydroponics http://www.agri-garden.com/en/.

It was also the Dragon Festival—-we had ‘Zongzi’, sticky rice wrapped in bamboo or reed leaves.

Saturday—-Beijing International Flower Port.  Beijing municipal government planed this as Beijing’s only professional flowers industrial park. It was the 7 th China Flower Expo China with overall planning 4 square kilometers and a development of 1.8 square kilometers. The park is located in Beijing YangZhen Shunyi District, only 20 kilometers from the Beijing International Airport.

Beijing Int’l Flower Port, est. 2007 http://www.bjifp.com/Item/list.asp?id=1165

There were 24 venlo type of greenhouses (5,000 m2 each; with a total of 1.3 million sqft). Each greenhouse cost at about RMB800/square meter ($11.7/sqft, if my math was correct). All the greenhouse are in use and the Port is working with Beijing Florascape Corp. to build the 25th greenhouse with inflated double poly (clear poly over woven poly) with shade cloth above roof and four layers of thermal curtains under the roof. Beijing Forascape Corp. imported the poly from Japan which has seen at least 10 years of lifespan of the poly.

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