In 2017, the International Peatland Society put forward the three-part project "Growing media for food and quality of life". In the course of the project, the future demand for growing media in China and worldwide were investigated, including a prediction on how the future demand for peat and other growing media constituents might be covered up to 2050.
China is proceeding with the adjustment of its agricultural industry structure and the reform of supply. The progress of agricultural science and technology and the accelerated development of environmental rehabilitation have put forward a realistic demand for peat-based products and technologies. The import volume of peat and coir increases at a rate of 40-50% per year. There are 680 enterprises that import peat, coir and wood fibre, as registered by the Customs and Commodity Inspection Department of China.
In order to exchange and share the experience and achievements of peat and growing media in food production and improvement of quality of life, promote the global dissemination and progress of growing media production technologies, improve the import of peat, coir and wood fibre, products and technologies, and promote all-round cooperation in the global growing media supply chain, the International Peatland Society, Chinese Agricultural Society and the Qingdao Municipal People Government decided to host the 2019 International Peatland Society Symposium ‘Growing Media for Food and Quality of Life’ during and the ‘1st International Peat-Based Products and Technology Expo’ during September in Qingdao, an easy-to-access coastal city of China, to provide a platform for exchange and cooperation between enterprises and experts from all around the world.
This symposium is the first of its kind in China. Also the China International Peat-Based Products Technology Exposition is a premiere and a breakthrough. Quality growing media constituents, top technology, advanced products, complete sets of equipment, international know-how and professionals from all over the world will converge in Qingdao. Peat and growing media users, processing enterprises, industrial associations, technical experts and Chinese news media will warmly welcome you. Let embrace the oriental market, the huge business opportunities and the grand future of the growing media industry. Welcome to Qingdao, China!