Chinese Academy of Tropical Agricultural Sciences (CATAS) and South China University of Tropical Agriculture (SCUTA) are closely united with their headquarters seating in Hainan Province. CATAS/SCUTA have two campuses, Danzhou and Haikou in Hainan Province, covering 167 ha and 33 ha separately, and have a land of 4,000 ha for trials and experiments. The CATAS/SCUTA unity is charged with education, R & D and extension of scientific knowledge and technology in the field of tropical agriculture.
CATAS was established in 1953. CATAS/SCUTA unity, founded in 1958, were visited by many state leaders, such as the late Premier Zhou Enlai, Marshal Zhu De, Marshal Ye Jianying, Vice Chairman Dong Biwu, Vice President Wang Zhen, and the former state leaders such as President Jiang Zeming, Premier Zhu Rongji as well as the present state leaders President Hu Jingtao, Premier Wen Jiabao, and other state leaders.