The National Engineering Research Center for Information Technology in Agriculture（(NERCITA)was established in 2001 with the approval of the Ministry of Science and Technology of the People’s Republic of China. It is a national scientific research institute affiliated to the Beijing Academy of Agriculture and Forestry Sciences and specializes in the research and development of information technology in agriculture. It is technologically supported by the Beijing Information Technology Research Center. Its research results are applied in agricultural production through the Beijing PAID Information Technology Co. Ltd. NERCITA is authorized by the Ministry of Agriculture of the People’s Republic of China as the Key Laboratory of Information Technology in Agriculture.
NERCITA has employed more than 160 research fellows with the average age of 33 years. Some 20 percent of them are with Ph.D. degree and 60 percent with M.S. degree. Among the staff members of NERCITA, 40 percent are engaged in IT or IT-related fields, 30 percent in agriculture fields and the rest are engaged in both IT and agri-technology.