China is the world's largest agricultural producer by volume, the world's second-largest agricultural importer by turnover, and it's the world's largest producer of green leaf crops. Despite the growing domestic demand for safe, healthy, and quality food, China continues to use four times more fertilizers per unit area than the global average.
To promote a green transition based on the substitution of hazardous chemicals that have traditionally been applied to soils and crops, China has chosen Kimitec's MAAVi Innovation Center as its technological partner for the development of solutions that allow replacing the chemical synthesis tools in the cultivation of broccoli, lettuce, and Chinese cabbage with other equally effective natural ones, ensuring the productivity and profitability of crops, respect for the environment, and human health.
This project will be carried out in the city of Zhangjiakou, Hebei Province, and the city of Beijing, which are located in the north of China; Shouguang, Shandong Province, in the center of the country; and in the city of Xiamen, Fujian Province, which is located in southern China.
BIO-CHAIN project: cooperation and research
The BIO-CHAIN project brings together three complementary partners to pursue this goal from different perspectives: MAAVi Innovation Center; Yunong, one of China's largest vegetable producers, which manages about 2,000 hectares of lettuce, tomato, cucumber, and cabbage across the country; and BAAFS, Beijing's Academy of Agricultural and Forestry Sciences specializing in plant nutrition, soils, and crops.
"Many regions of China currently suffer the impact of climate change. The conventional agriculture model is one of the causes and one of the main victims. Natural biotechnology solutions are designed to protect and sustainably manage crops and natural ecosystems and are essential to help countries comply with the 2015 Paris Agreement, decarbonize their economies, and develop resilience," stated Alejandro de las Casas, CEO of Kimitec International.
The project, which has a budget of €810,782.00, was started in 2022 and will end in 2025.
The CDTI (Center for Industrial Technological Development) finances this ambitious project through the Spanish-Chinese Bilateral Program for Technological Cooperation (CHINEKA). This program between the two countries aims to promote Business Technology Cooperation in development, innovation, and technology transfer projects, with the aim of generating economic benefits for Spain and China and boosting the competitiveness of their companies.