News from China

24-10-2014 02:15 AM
China stockpiling GM crops in event of agricultural crisis
378 Chinese groups employing thousands of scientists are engaged in Genetically Modified Crop research. The government will have spent some $4 billion...
23-10-2014 00:53 AM
You'll never believe the insane amount of work to harvest rice
You may be familiar with the picturesque image of rice paddies -- lush, green fields, perhaps stacked in terraces -- but do you know how rice gets fro...
22-10-2014 02:16 AM
China’s GMO Stockpile
It is a hot, smoggy July weekend in Beijing, and the gates to the Forbidden City are thronged with tens of thousands of sweat-drenched tourists. Few m...
21-10-2014 01:34 AM
China pilots expanded agricultural reforms
Agricultural reforms in China are seeing the light of day as the government pilots for greater property rights allowing farmers to reap the benefits o...
20-10-2014 01:07 AM
22 killed in attack on farmers’ market in Xinjiang region
Twenty-two people were killed when four Uighur assailants armed with knives and explosives attacked a market in Xinjiang province last week, as ethnic...
16-10-2014 01:04 AM
Chinese snap up 50 dairy farms
Chinese investment is flooding into Australia’s dairy industry, with four multi-million-dollar mega-deals in progress that are likely to see Chinese s...
16-10-2014 00:55 AM
Chinese investors circling WA cattle
Chinese investors are circling prime farmland near Moora which carries environmental approval to develop one of the State's biggest cattle feedlots. ...
15-10-2014 05:11 AM
Money grows on trees for farmers
Grinning with pride, a Chinese farmer held out two precious walnuts - globes so precisely symmetrical that consumers in search of hand massages value ...
13-10-2014 01:23 AM
Feeding China: High-tech hog farms
If China can ever compete with Iowa pork producers, this may be the place. Shang Hai Farm plans to double its hog production by 2016 — to 1 million...
10-10-2014 01:38 AM
China to battle GMO crop fear from field to dinner table
The Chinese government is trying to convince Zhou Guangxiu that the corn in the congee she wants to feed her son is safe. That may not be easy. Zho...
09-10-2014 00:08 AM
Bayer hopes to cure what ails Chinese farms
Bayer CropScience AG, the agricultural subgroup of Germany's Bayer AG, will introduce 21 new products into China before 2020, as well as invest 10 mil...
06-10-2014 02:47 AM
China's appetite for Aussie farmland
Chinese group Orient Agriculture has emerged as the buyer of south-west Queensland cropping property Undabri, north of Goondiwindi, Queensland, for $3...
26-09-2014 03:15 AM
China's growing food problem/opportunity
Feeding China’s population of 1.3 billion people is a difficult task, even under the best of circumstances. Securing enough food for its people, howev...
24-09-2014 02:07 AM
Farm produce the next frontier for Chinese e-commerce
Chinese farmers are eagerly anticipating support from domestic e-commerce giant Alibaba after it pledged to reinvest funds from its record initial pub...
22-09-2014 02:18 AM
China sour on dairy management
Despite all the hype around Chinese investment in the Australian dairy sector, one Chinese investor who bought a dairy farm five years ago has lost mo...
19-09-2014 01:03 AM
China’s tech giants turn to agriculture
Following the smart money in China right now means buying a dairy, growing some blueberries or investing in a pig farm. The executives behind the c...
18-09-2014 01:24 AM
China's tech giants turn to agriculture
Following the smart money in China right now means buying a dairy, growing some blueberries or investing in a pig farm. The executives behind the c...
17-09-2014 01:12 AM
China reduces wheat irrigation as farming depletes groundwater
China is reducing crop irrigation in regions with water shortages as the world’s biggest grain consumer seeks to ease pressure on declining aquifers. ...
15-09-2014 05:01 AM
China’s food scandals prompt farming return to high-rise Hong Kong
It’s a rural tradition that faded out decades ago as Hong Kong turned into a neon-lit megacity – rice seedlings being dropped into watery paddy fields...
11-09-2014 02:20 AM
Soothing Buddhist music said to boost rice crop
Farmers in a village in East China's Fujian Province have claimed that Buddhist music playing in the fields has helped them to increase their rice pro...
11-09-2014 02:09 AM
Fonterra to invest in Chinese dairy giant Beingmate
Global dairy cooperative Fonterra will buy a 20% stake in Chinese dairy giant Beingmate to increase its access to China's infant milk market, Beingmat...
09-09-2014 06:23 AM
China poultry back on sale as HK grapples with latest food scare
Live poultry from China is back in the wet markets of Hong Kong just in time for the Mid-Autumn Festival celebrations after having been banned over a ...
03-09-2014 01:48 AM
China poultry farm hit in new outbreak of H5N6 bird flu
Nearly 18,000 geese died on a poultry farm in northeast China after being stricken by the H5N6 bird flu virus last month, the agriculture ministry sai...
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...