Bio-Chain project to develop greener solutions for Chinese vegetables

Spain’s Kimitec teams up with Yunong and BAAFS to design sustainable solutions for broccoli, lettuce, and Chinese cabbage.
Kimitec’s MAAVi Innovation Centre has joined forces with Chinese vegetable producer Yunong and the Beijing Academy of Agricultural and Forestry Sciences (BAAFS) to develop sustainable solutions to boost the productivity of broccoli, lettuce, and Chinese cabbage without the use of harmful chemicals that are harmful to human health and the environment.

The ambitious project, which has a budget of €811,000, started in 2022 and is scheduled to end in 2025, is being financed by the Spanish Centre for Industrial Technological Development (CDTI) through the Spanish-Chinese Bilateral Programme for Technological Cooperation (CHINEKA). Chinese consumers are becoming increasingly concerned about food safety and health. Larger cities are determined to prevent chemical and toxic residues from industrial activities from entering the local food system.

The Bio-Chain Project brings together the MAAVi Innovation Centre, a leading R&D facility for natural and productive agricultural solutions owned by Spanish biotech company Kimitec; Yunong, one of the largest vegetable producers in China, with around 2,000ha of lettuce, tomato, cucumber, and cabbage plantings; and BAAFS, a specialist in plant nutrition, soils, and crops.

“Many regions in China are currently suffering the effects of climate change. Our natural biotechnology solutions are designed to protect and sustainably manage crops and natural ecosystems, being essential to help countries comply with the 2015 Paris Agreement, decarbonizing their economies and increasing their resilience,” said Kimitec’s international CEO Alejandro de las Casas.

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