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Chinese Government Friendship Award in 2002

IARRP | Updated: 2021-07-17

Dr. Sam Portch, vice president of the International Plant Nutrition Institute, won the Chinese Government Friendship Award in 2002. Dr. Portch has been the vice president of the Potash and Phosphate Institute of Canada (PPIC) and director of the PPIC China Program since 1988. He has led cooperative research in 31 provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions across China, which trained a large number of young and middle-aged scientific and technical personnel in the soil and fertilizer industry, and established a nationwide soil and fertilizer cooperative research network. During his tenure, Dr. Portch has brought in more than $30 million for the use of cooperative research, achieved over 20 scientific and technological results and won two national level awards and 15 awards at provincial and ministerial levels in China. The China-Canada cooperation program has conducted over 2,800 field trials across China with more than 3,000 field trial demonstrations involving over 40 crops. Its balanced fertilization technology alone has increased the yield of different crops by 11 percent to 74 percent, resulting in an average net income increase of 980 yuan per hectare. Over the past 15 years, the technology has been used in more than 22 million hectares of farmland, generating a net increase of income of more than 10 billion yuan.