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Ningbo Museum of Rice Culture is awarded National Food Security Publicity and Education Base

On October 12, the third batch of National Food Security Publicity and Education Bases were announced, and Ningbo Museum of Rice Culture was listed among them, marking a breakthrough of zero in this area in Ningbo. 

The food security publicity and education base works on the popularization of scientific knowledge on food security, food culture, good traditions and development achievements of the industry. It also undertakes social practice, cooperation and exchange, and thematic presentations concerning food security education. On 28 September, National Food and Strategic Reserves Administration and four other departments confirmed the third batch of 70 national food security publicity and education bases, including the Ningbo Museum of Rice Culture, and released an announcement on the official website for two weeks. 

Chen Wanfeng, the person in charge of Ningbo Museum of Rice Culture, introduces that as the first museum of food industry in Ningbo, it has been built with high standards and under strict supervision since the beginning of construction to fully demonstrate the connotation of the city's rice culture and become a national level museum. It takes three years to complete and is finally inaugurated on World Food Day on October 16 last year.

The museum is located at the original old grain station of Chenjianqiao in the town of Jiangshan in Yinzhou District. The building is built in 1924 and is the residence of Chen Qingcai, a famous figure of the Ningbobang (a Ningbo commercial group) in the late Qing. It is called “Baihelou” by the locals because of the two beautiful white cranes standing on the building. After the founding of New China, the building is expropriated as the Chenjianqiao Grain Station.

On the basis of original site, the museum sets up seven sections: rice farming, grain and oil acquisition, storage and transportation, grain processing, grain and oil supply, food education, and grain in the new era. The museum combines the origins of rice farming in Hemudu, the momentum of the movement of “learning from Dazhai in agriculture” and historical scenes such as the head office of the grain station, the lounge for farmers selling grain, the grain and oil quality laboratory, and the storage of grain in folk barns, displaying more than 200 items related to food farming and introducing the origins of farming civilization through a combination of various grain bin types in the round cave barn and artefacts from the grain processing area.

Up to now, 18 study activities for various groups and organizations have been held by Ningbo Museum of Rice Culture, receiving more than 1,500 visitors

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