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Science and technology innovation Guide sustainable development of the food and oil industry

04-15-2012 17:09 BJT

Mu Yankui, Vice President of Yihai Kerry, Wilmar International Limited

Wilmar International Limited is created by Robert Kuok and Kuok Khoon Hong as an Asian leading comprehensive agricultural group. In the 1980s with sudden international changes, Wilmar International Limited was actively devoted to the building of the food and oil industry in China, introducing the world advanced food and oil technology, management and fund into China, and carrying out constant technology innovation.

In 1991, the first “Arowana” small-package edible oil came into being, thus bringing China from the time of bulk oil to the time of safe and hygiene small-package edible oil. In 2002, “Arowana Second-Generation Blend Oil” came into being, and the health concept of “1:1:1” fatty acid balance advocated by it resulted in the rapid rise of from “safety” to “nutritional health” with respect to the concept of the oil use. In the present, as the enterprise of Wilmar International Limited in China, Yihai Kerry is the largest supplier of small-package oil, small-package rice, special oil, and grease chemicals in China, and Arowana has become the first brand in the food and oil market in China. On March 2, “Fortune” announced the list of the most admirable enterprises in 2012, in which Wilmar International Limited ranks No. 1 among the food processing enterprises.

China used 9% of the farmland in the world to support the 1/5 of the world’s population, which has been an achievement of world interest. With the takeoff of Chinese economy, the agriculture has been also faced significant challenges. Central Committee No. 1 Document pointed out: The basic way to realize continuous and stable agricultural development and ensure long-term and effective supply of agricultural products lies in science and technology. China is a large country in the consumption of food and oil, but not a strong country, particularly agricultural technology in China lags behind with low investment in science technology. In 2009, Wilmar International Limited invested RMB 800 million in the construction of Global R&D Center in Shanghai, inviting famous scientists from home and abroad and multiple Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) academicians as the disciplinary leaders to boost the promotion and application of global frontier technologies, and realize the transformation of technological results, thus make the food and oil industry in China become strong.

The Yihai Kerry “circular economy of rice” mode in our R&D implements “selection of improved varieties for breeding - order-based planting - deep processing of raw grains- product brand operation- comprehensive utilization of byproducts- hi-tech product R&D”, has improved the quality and added value of traditional rice in China, and has provided the valuable exploration for addressing the issues of “agriculture, farmers, and rural areas” in China.

By means of the selection of the improved varieties, we make great efforts to develop the order-based agriculture, carry out the scientific field management, and process the rice into the high-quality rice with international first-level low-temperature production device, thus having successfully promoted “Arowana” series high-quality rice to the market. We will use the rice hulls generated during the processing of the rice for power generation, and the power generation capacity of rice hulls per ton is equivalent to that of 0.67-ton coal. According to this utilization method, the production of rice hulls per year nationwide is about 38 million tons, thus saving 26.80 million tons of coal per year, which not only saves the energy, but also reduces the environmental pollution of the rice hulls.

Raw rice bran oil can be extracted from rice bran, as the byproduct in the rice processing, and then can be further processed into the quality rice oil with nutritional value and health function. In the present, the “Arowana” rice oil produced by the company has been marketed, which has been widely popular among the customers. According to mode of “circular economy of rice”, 2 million tons of rice bran oil can be extracted from the rice bran of 200 million tons of rice in China, equivalent to the soybean soil extracted from 110 million tons of soybeans, signifying the saving of 110 million mu of the farmland. The Yihai Kerry mode of “circular economy of rice” can increase the rice processing value up to RMB 700-800 per ton, which will be largely beneficial to the increase of the income of the farmers, and to the improvement of the farmers in growing the crops.

There is still a long way for science and technology innovation in the food and oil industry in China, which requires the strength and wisdom from all walks in the society, such as government, scientific research institution, expert, industry association, enterprise and farmers. Yihai Kerry is willing to work with all walks in the society to do its part to sustainable development of the food and oil industry in China under the national orientation of the grain safety and market demand, constantly driving the progress of the movable industry, and promoting the industry restructuring as well as product optimization and upgrade.

Editor:张昀 |Source: CCTV

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