A young Maltese herdsman was among eleven professionals in the agricultural sector from Europe who were selected to visit China during which he observed the operation of large farms in this country.
The visit was organised by the European Commission for youths who work in agriculture, and followed a similar visit by Chinese youths in Europe. The European participants included representatives from Slovenia, Spain, Finland, Czech Republic, Germany, Portugal, Belgium, France, Slovakia and Malta.
Karl Scerri, who participated as a Maltese herdsman, stated that European farmers and herdsmen were lectured on various aspects of the sector in China, including common challenges such as environment protection through impacts by the sector and the quality of food products.
The European participants discussed with their Chinese counterparts common challenges and shared experiences with the Chinese delegation on the establishment of youth organisations, differences between European and Chinese legislation, and the level of technology used in the sector.
Participants visited various cities and villages, including Beijing and Shanghai and parts of Mongolia. They also visited agricultural enterprises such as farms with over 7,000 milk cows and 7,000 pigs, food processing factories, tea fields and a factory, flower producers and hyroponics cultivation of crops.
“It was a great experience for me as a herdsman, especially as I am a citizen of a small European country”, Karl Scerri said. “It was interesting to understand the reality of Chinese producers, while I spent many days with European farmers and herdsmen. The European participants presented many ideas, are ready to learn and with a lot of humor which made the voyage more interesting”.