Spain’s Kimitec teams up with Yunong and BAAFS to design sustainable solutions for broccoli, lettuce, and Chinese cabbage

Bio-Chain project to develop greener solutions for Chinese vegetables

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 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. Furthermore, as the recent global pandemic crisis has evidenced, the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and the conservation of biodiversity are major challenges the world should be tackling.

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.

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