Irish Minister for Agriculture, Food and Marine Visits NAU
May 02,2012

Mr. Simon Coveney T.D., Irish Minister for Agriculture, Food and Marine, visited NAU in the afternoon of April 19, with his entourage of 14 in the company of Mr. Liu Yingjie, the Vice Director-general of the Department of International Cooperation, Ministry for Agriculture, Mr. Declan Kelleher, the Ambassador of Ireland to China, and Mr. Austin Gormley拢卢the Consul General of Ireland in Shanghai.

NAU President, Prof. Zhou Guanghong, met the Irish delegation in the meeting room of NAU Library. Zhou Guanghong introduces the history and current development of NAU to the guests. He mentioned that Sino-Irish cooperation has always been going on well in the fields of agriculture, fishery, animal husbandry and food processing. In the new historical period, China is facing more challenges of large population, food shortage, energy decreasing, and environment pollution. As a leading agricultural university, NAU looks forward to a closer cooperation with universities and enterprises in Ireland and contribute to social development.

Mr. Simon Coveney T.D. said it’s a great opportunity for him to visit NAU, one of the leading agriculture universities in China with its strong advantages in the fields of agriculture, environment, food science and economic management. He also expressed his willingness to promote the cooperation between the education and research institutions of Ireland and NAU.

During his visit to NAU, Mr. Simon Coveney T.D. presents a speech entitled “Ireland’s Contribution to the Future of Sustainable Agriculture Production” for over 300 faculty and students at NAU Library Hall. The speech covers Sino-Irish agricultural cooperation, food security, climate change, agri-food supply chain and agricultural sustainable development. He also talks about the impact of Common Agricultural Policy on Irish agricultural production, and shares with the audience Ireland’s experience of its accession to the EEC and how the Irish agri-food, forestry and fisheries sector competes successfully on the world stage.