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om countries involved in the BRI have visited Hainan annually to study agricultural technology, including Nanf
an’s breeding program, which is “playing the role of Silicon Valley for the country’s seed industry”, Wang said.
Hainan’s climate and biological resources have made Nanfan an important nati
onal center of seed propagation. Every winter, more than 7,000 domestic agricultural scientists and
workers are busy at the Nanfan centers. More than 70 percent of the country’s 7,000 crop varieties have been cul
tivated in the tropical island province, which is building a global resources center, National Business Daily reported.
“With good stress resistance and higher yields, hybrid rice seeds developed by Nanfan’s cen
ters are being welcomed in Southeast Asian countries,” said Xie Zhenyu, an assistant research fellow at the R
esearch Institute of Tropical Crop Germ Plasm under the Chinese Academy of Tropical Agricultural Sciences.
“We have sent farming experts to hybrid rice growing areas overseas, and we give local farmers guidance, training and planni
ng for future development,” said Xie, who has worked as an expert in Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia and Gambia.