China To Increase Agricultural Productivity With DuPont's Help

DuPont says its partnerships with China's public and private sectors will help increase farm productivity in the country and increase total global supply of key agricultural products.

China currently is feeding 20 percent of the global population with only 9 percent of the world's arable land. The country's rapidly growing population and rising income have increased demand for agricultural products. As part of DuPont's growth in China, DuPont business Pioneer Hi-Bred is committing resources to help improve the productivity of Chinese farmers. It established a business representative office in Beijing in 1997. A year later, Pioneer began breeding and testing corn hybrids for China's summer
and spring corn areas.

William S. Niebur, vice president of DuPont Crop Genetics Research and Development, told attendees at the Globalization of the Seed Industry Biotechnology and Agriculture Summit organized by the Science and Technology Commission of the Beijing Municipal Government, "We need to increase the productivity of each acre of land for China to achieve food security — and biotechnology will be a key technology in doing so. China has experienced productivity gains in rice and corn production through hybridization, but growth has reached a plateau. New technologies are needed to achieve the step-change increase in corn and rice production that is required to meet China's growing demand for grain."

DuPont is a science-based products and services company founded in 1802. Operating in more than 70 countries, DuPont offers a wide range of innovative products and services for markets including agriculture and food; building and construction; communications; and transportation.

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