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China sets up national agchem research centre

China has established a national pesticide technology research centre at the Hunan Chemical Industry Research Institute in Changsha, capital of Hunan province, Chinese state media report. The centre, which has been created under the auspices of China's Department of Science and Technology, will aim to stimulate China's pesticide industry to move from an over-reliance on generic pesticides to an emphasis on innovative products. The Chinese central government will contribute to a Yuan 770.7 million ($121.3 million at the current rate) pesticide innovation project during the country's current five-year plan, which runs until 2015 ( Agrow No 628, p 22).


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