Are Agro-Based Clusters Taking Shape in China?

Agro-based clusters are becoming a competitive factor for the agriculture in the 21st century to address globalization, high-value production, distribution and packaging innovation, and more efficient production.

However, building agro-food clusters in less developed regions is more challenging. The roles of multilateral institutions, national and local governments and over-arching institutions are much needed to provide focus and support in the development process.

In Meilian Yu’s research paper from Shanghai Academy of Agricultural Sciences, China, published in Agricultural Sciences 2013 vol. 4 by Scientific Research Publishing. By analyzing two cases of agro-based clusters, vegetable cluster in Shandong Province, flower cluster in Yunnan Province, it is found that the governments at various levels and the establishment of market system have played important roles in the development of agricultural clusters.

Along with the development of agricultural economy and the change of agricultural development mode, the phenomenon of clustering of agricultural industry has emerged in many places in China. However, the development of agricultural clusters in China is still at the initial stage.

The strategy of further developing agricultural clusters can make important contribution to the prosperity of rural economy and regional economy. It can be foreseen that in the future the agricultural clusters in China will be optimized in scale and structure, operation mechanism, technology enhancement, and resource mobilization.

View Original Post, please click here>>Engineering agro-food development: The cluster model in China(Author(s)M. Yu, J. Calzadilla, J. L. Lopez, A. Villa)

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