News from China

01-09-2014 04:56 AM
Edible cockroaches making Chinese farmers rich
Cockroach breeder Wang Fuming says business is booming for his cockroaches. The demand comes from China's pharmaceutical companies, who use the coc...
29-08-2014 02:15 AM
Farmers’ message is that China is good for all of us
We all hate being told what is good for us — stop smoking, stop speeding, stop voting for Clive Palmer. Yet, rarely do we have to be convinced to g...
28-08-2014 01:51 AM
Fonterra announces tie-up with big China dairy firm
New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra has announced its intention to take a 20% stake in one of China's biggest milk processors, Beingmate. The tie-up w...
18-08-2014 02:55 AM
Sanctions on Russia open new market for Chinese farmers
It is reported by Russian media that China and Russia have reached an agreement that China will start selling fruits and vegetables directly to Russia...
12-08-2014 02:54 AM
Dairy Farm strikes $925m Chinese supermarket deal
Asia’s retail sector continues to churn out M&A deal activity with Dairy Farm International agreeing on Monday evening to buy a 19.9% stake in Yonghui...
30-07-2014 00:28 AM
China corn ban frustrates US industry
How can the U.S. regain the China corn import market? That's the question asked and topic talked about the most at this week's U.S. Grains Council del...
14-07-2014 08:53 AM
China’s investors could revitalise our agriculture
The ongoing debate about the appropriate level of foreign investment in the Australian agricultural sector takes a particularly concerned tone when Ch...
11-07-2014 08:52 AM
Abbott Labs to build dairy farms in China
Abbott Laboratories is getting into the dairy farming business. The Lake County medical products giant said Thursday it has partnered with New Zeal...
10-07-2014 10:28 AM
Put the land back in Hong Kong farmers' hands
Hong Kong has long branded itself "Asia's world city", with some justification. It was ranked first in Ernst and Young's 2012 Globalisation Index, and...
10-07-2014 10:26 AM
Beijing’s formula to consolidate dairy industry
A renewed push by the Chinese government to consolidate the country’s dairy industry could spur a round of deal-making and capital raising in the sect...
09-07-2014 09:59 AM
Dairy industry a new haven for China's capital
In view of its strong capability to withstand risks associated with the economic cycle, the dairy industry is an ideal haven for capital, at a time wh...
07-07-2014 09:08 AM
Differences spell poultry delay
Imports of mainland poultry are being delayed by differences with authorities across the border. They concern anti-bird flu measures such as quaran...
04-07-2014 09:20 AM
Feed additives at play in US-China beef trade
Beef from the United States has been banned in China for more than a decade, but officials are working to get US meat back into world's most populated...
04-07-2014 09:19 AM
Chinese woman charged in plot to steal US corn technology
A Chinese woman has been arrested and charged with trying to steal patented U.S. seed technology as part of a plot to smuggle types of specialised cor...
01-07-2014 07:46 AM
The human cost of China's untold soil pollution problem
When Zhang Junwei’s uncle died in February 2012, he was only 50. In the three years that he had endured the cancer that killed him, surgeons had remov...
01-07-2014 07:45 AM
Fertilizers and pesticides are killing China's farmland
Heavy use of fertilizer and pesticides has helped China's northeast region become the country's top grain producer but at the cost of polluting the so...
20-06-2014 10:25 AM
China, Canada sign MOUs to boost trade and investment in agriculture
Canada and China signed a few memorandums of understanding at the ministerial level to push ahead trade and investment in agriculture, Canadian Agricu...
18-06-2014 02:23 AM
Bird flu 'danger zones' mapped
The "danger zones" in Asia which are vulnerable to a deadly bird flu have been mapped by scientists. The virus, called H7N9, has infected 433 peopl...
11-06-2014 00:48 AM
Milk prices up due to demand in China
Milk prices are noticeably higher for Americans this spring versus last year. According to the vigilant price chroniclers at the Bureau of Labor Stati...
10-06-2014 02:20 AM
Fonterra reassures of 'strong' China dairy demand
Fonterra eased concerns over ideas of waning Chinese orders blamed for a retreat in world dairy prices, saying "demand still appears strong", and will...
06-06-2014 03:07 AM
America's got milk and China wants it
Increased demand for dairy products around the world, particularly in China, is doing for U.S. farmers what decades of farm policy could not: sell off...
30-05-2014 01:21 AM
China to better police GMO in agriculture
China will strengthen oversight of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the agricultural sector to ensure biosafety, the Ministry of Agriculture s...
26-05-2014 00:06 AM
Beef prices firm for China
Most meat prices were strong across the Chinese retail markets at the second week of May, reports Meat and Livestock Australia, except for pork, which...
20-05-2014 01:14 AM
Chinese seek milk diversity
Chinese dairy importers are beginning to express trepidation about the country's dependence on the New Zealand market. Sandy Chen, who is Rabobank'...
09-05-2014 02:11 AM
Chinese dairy led by billionaire in joint venture talks
China Huishan Dairy Holding, led by billionaire Yang Kai, is in joint venture talks with Dutch dairy supplier FrieslandCampina to produce and sell in...
07-05-2014 00:50 AM
US beef industry eager for China to resume imports
Indications that US beef exports to China may resume this year after a decade-long ban positions US farmers and ranchers for a big windfall, a US beef...
07-05-2014 00:48 AM
Guangzhou trials live poultry sales ban to end bird flu
China’s southern city of Guangzhou began a six-month trial campaign to end the sale of live poultry in some districts to reduce the spread of bird flu...
05-05-2014 01:54 AM
British cheese banned in China after one inspection
British imports of cheese have been banned in China after inspectors visited just ONE dairy in the UK. That unnamed dairy does not even export chee...
02-05-2014 02:17 AM
Chinese rules likely to boost dairy deals
China's new infant-formula regulations are likely to lead to more foreign interest in New Zealand dairy companies, an agriculture expert says. The ...
01-05-2014 00:55 AM
China's farmers feel deflationary chill
For hungry consumers, food deflation is a blessing: for hungry farmers, a curse. Many of China's hundreds of millions of farmers are feeling the sq...
29-04-2014 01:58 AM
Dairy traders gear up for new China rules
New Zealand's listed dairy companies, Synlait Milk, A2 Milk Co and Fonterra Shareholders' Fund, probably won't face much disruption from tighter rules...
28-04-2014 01:01 AM
GMO worries cut China corn exports
China's decision to effectively halt shipments of U.S. corn is unlikely to cause lasting economic harm to Iowa and other Midwest corn producers, as fa...
23-04-2014 03:48 AM
Chinese premier stresses rural financial service
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Tuesday called for constant improvement of rural financial services in an effort to bring benefits to farmers. Li mad...
21-04-2014 00:57 AM
Chinese farmers embrace internet to sell produce
The stereotypical notion of China’s countryside in one filled with quaint villages and farmers tending terraced plots on the side of a mountain. Nowad...
21-04-2014 00:54 AM
China says one-fifth of its farmland is polluted
Nearly one-fifth of China's farmland is polluted, mostly from yearslong accumulations of toxins from factories, mining and agriculture, the government...
17-04-2014 00:54 AM
China rejections of GMO U.S. corn cost up to $2.9 bln
China's rejections of a banned variety of genetically modified U.S. corn have cost the U.S. agriculture industry up to $2.9 billion, a grain group sai...
15-04-2014 01:28 AM
Chinese to help Vietnamese boost farm exports to China?
A recent story about hundreds of watermelon-laden trucks getting stuck at the border on their way to China has caused a public outcry. Farmers in the ...
14-04-2014 00:05 AM
After Japan beef deal, Australia eyes cattle sales to China
Hot on the back of winning lower tariffs for beef exports from its largest buyer Japan, Australia is setting its sights on winning another major prize...
10-04-2014 01:02 AM
Is family farm a way of China's future agricultural development?
"The large-and-coarse American model does not fit in with Chinese agricultural reality. In China's situation, structural adjustment, improved environm...
08-04-2014 02:42 AM
China imposes import ban on live US hogs
China, the world's largest pork consumer, has imposed a temporary restriction on hog imports from the US to prevent a deadly virus from spreading, whi...
08-04-2014 02:41 AM
Chinese farmers pleased with using insects in feed
A new video, made available recently, shows that poultry farmers in China who use insect-based feed are noticing improvements in both the health and q...
07-04-2014 02:22 AM
Shadow of safety scandal still looms over top pork firm
Food safety is a big concern in China, where consumers have been stung by carcinogenic chemicals and dangerous additives found in the processing chain...
07-04-2014 02:17 AM
China looks abroad for farmland
When Ma Wenfeng was a boy, his father earned so little money growing wheat and corn that the family mainly ate mantou, a steamed bread that is a stapl...
04-04-2014 03:52 AM
China invests in farms overseas as pollution threaten its fields
When Ma Wenfeng was a boy, his father earned so little money growing wheat and corn that the family mainly ate mantou, a steamed bread that is a stapl...
02-04-2014 05:50 AM
Noble Group to sell stake in agriculture unit for US$1.5b
China's largest grain trader COFCO Corp will buy a 51 per cent stake in Singapore-listed Noble Group Ltd's agriculture business unit for US$1.5 billio...
01-04-2014 04:38 AM
Land reform key to urban growth, says World Bank
Last week we looked at urbanisation in China and the expected impact on the world – it’s one of those issues that has repercussions all over. The W...
01-04-2014 04:37 AM
China milk thirst hands US dairies record 2014 profits
In a year when most American farmers can expect lower earnings than in 2013, U.S. milk producers are having a windfall. Prices have never been high...
28-03-2014 02:14 AM
China to set up credit system for farmers, small companies
China's central bank announced on Thursday it has issued a guideline to step up the creation of a credit system for serving small and micro-sized comp...
27-03-2014 01:38 AM
Agricultural investment to continue
China will continue to invest hea­vily in the agriculture sector to ensure food security, with 70 billion yuan ($11.27 billion) being allocated to wat...
27-03-2014 01:35 AM
Chinese dairy giants' global race for milk leaves small local farmers in the lurch
Every morning, retired forest worker Li Shulin and his wife get up at 5 am, milk the cattle in the shed, load the fresh milk on a truck, and drive to ...