Laboratory First Stone celebration in Weihan-Xian, Shaanxi, P.R. China
Founding members, officials, press and many others celebrated the ‘First Stone’ ceremony for the establishment of a new breeding and rapid propagation facility based on TIS technology.
The Sino-Dutch founding partners are Halimenta BV from the Netherlands and Xian Agriculture Bonded Warehouse Co. Ltd from P.R. China. They are supported by several leading private Chinese entrepreneurs. All parties involved are motivated to contribute to the development of the primary agriculture sector through improving the availability of new and secure modern planting material by breeding and controlled, certified propagation.
Key to this development is the license agreement with IlanBio International (currently ProPhyTIS) for using its latest temporary immersed propagation reactor for micro/mini potato tubers and fruit tree rootstock production.
Investments: 120 million RMB doubling in the next five years
Total area involved: 1.000 mu for laboratory facilities, mother stock, demo cultures etc
Production: the first phase will see 10 million potato micro tubers and 2 million apple rootstock, this is expected to increase tenfold in the next five years,
Employment: at start 120 fte. direct employees, which amount will triple in the next five years.