Chinese scientists have taught local farmers in South Asian countries including Nepal, India and Sri Lanka how to grow suitable mushrooms in forest land and shady places.

The program, carried out by a team led by Xu Jianchu, a researcher at the Kunming Institute of Botany of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, in collaboration with the China-South Asia Technology Transfer Center since 2018, has helped increase income and restore biodiversity. ,

Xu shared the story at the Fourth Forum on China-South Asia Technology Transfer and Collaborative Innovation in Kunming, capital of southwest China’s Yunnan province.

The event symbolizes the strong technology transfer and collaborative innovation between China and South Asian countries in recent years.

Dhanushka Wanasinghe from Sri Lanka attended the training session of the project. He is studying at the Kunming Institute of Botany of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. During his five years in Yunnan, he has traveled over 260 mountains to research microscopic fungi.

“I will bring the techniques learned here back to Sri Lanka and share them with more farmers,” he said.

Vice Minister of Science and Technology Zhang Guangjun said that China has sponsored nearly 200 young scientists from South Asian countries to conduct short-term scientific research in China through an innovative young scientist program since 2014.

In addition, about 2,000 scientific researchers and management staff from South Asian countries have attended training courses organized by China on advanced applied technologies and scientific management, Zhang said.

As friendly neighbors and development partners, China and South Asian countries are looking forward to closer cooperation and more fruitful results in technological innovation.

Nepal’s Education, Science and Technology Minister Ashok Kumar Rai appreciated China’s efforts to deepen scientific and technological cooperation with South Asian countries.

These countries will learn and benefit from China’s achievements and experience in scientific and technological development, he said.

Rai said many Nepali students are studying in China in key disciplines such as medicine, engineering and information technology and hoped that the two sides would strengthen academic research cooperation in railroads, agriculture and communications.

The China-South Asia Technology Transfer Center, established in June 2014 in Yunnan, has established branches or cooperation centers in six countries in South Asia.

The forum is part of the 7th China-South Asia Expo and the 27th China Kunming Import and Export Fair.

(with inputs from Xinhua)

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