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World News: China
China | 2 February 2016
China may buy US beef in 2016 after 12-year ban

China halted imports of U.S. beef in 2003 after a case of mad cow disease was found in Washington state. Ten months later, a U.S. trade official said resumption of beef trade with China "may be immine...


China | 28 January 2016
China pledges more cash for farming

China plans to increase spending on agriculture in an effort to boost rural development, it was announced yesterday. “The agricultural sector will be a key area for fixed-asset investment,” said a ...


China | 20 January 2016
Dairy prices extend losses on China fears

Dairy prices at the GlobalDairyTrade auction event continue to fall, amid ongoing concerns about the effect of the Chinese slowdown - but whole milk powder values showed some resilience. Prices at ...


China | 14 January 2016
Researchers around the world are exploring how GMO technology might boost food production

An assistant professor of biochemistry and genetics at Emory University, Deal says most plants have a kind of memory for stress. When experiencing water shortage, for example, plants close the holes i...


China | 7 January 2016
Bird flu death puts Hong Kong border checkpoints on disease lookout

A 26-year-old woman has died in China after being infected with a highly contagious bird flu virus, leading to a heightened alert at border checkpoints with Hong Kong. Another patient in the same prov...


China | 6 January 2016
Hong Kong on holiday health alert after China bird flu death

A woman in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen has died after being infected with the highly contagious H5N6 bird flu virus, days after she was admitted to hospital, Hong Kong's Health Department sa...


China | 6 January 2016
Chinese farmers are illegally growing GMO corn

Farmers are illegally growing genetically modified corn in China's northeast, said environmental non-profit Greenpeace on Wednesday, in a report that may generate further distrust of the government's ...


China | 30 December 2015
Hong Kong officials confirm human Avian influenza case

Health professionals at Hong Kong's Centre for Health Protection recently received confirmation that health care workers have detected Avian influenza A (H5N6) in a human. The Health and Family Pla...


China | 28 December 2015
China to step up supply-side structural reforms in agriculture

China has concluded a tone-setting rural work conference, where it's vowed to step-up supply-side structural reforms in agriculture, and improve quality and efficiency. President Xi Jinping stresse...


China | 21 December 2015
Chinese investors look Down Under for fertile agribusiness ground

Li Yiping has run a machinery oil firm in the northern Chinese city of Tianjin for a decade but now she is hoping another liquid will bear fruit for her on the opposite side of the world. Li is soo...


China | 10 December 2015
Australian farmers receive early Christmas present

Australia's agriculture sector have received an early Christmas present on news the first round of Chinese import tariffs will be cut on Dec. 20 when the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement comes int...


China | 7 December 2015
With China's GMO sector in limbo, local seed firm targets U.S.

A Chinese biotech seed firm is aiming to launch the country's first genetically modified corn products overseas on the home turf of the world's top agricultural companies, as Beijing's reticence over ...


China | 7 December 2015
Chinese drone makers turning to farmland

China's drone producers are heading to the countryside as the government steps up restrictions on drone management in cities. A provisional regulation on operating light-duty civilian drones, which...


China | 4 December 2015
Would you prefer your meat well-traveled or cloned, China?

Remember when eating sustainably meant just having to choose between a local, non-organic tomato and an organic one flown in from Chile? Well, those were the good ole days. Now, thanks to advances ...


China | 27 November 2015
Chinese drone maker plows into agriculture

China’s SZ DJI Technology Co., the world’s top consumer-drone maker, is setting its sights on the agriculture industry with the launch of a crop sprayer that will test whether farming is fertile groun...


China | 26 November 2015
China has a new organic farming army

We'd been driving for an hour and a half since leaving central Beijing when the car suddenly slowed to a halt. "This isn't exactly where the GPS told me to go, but I think it's the place," says the dr...


China | 25 November 2015
China ‘cloning factory’ to produce cattle, racehorses and pets

The world’s biggest animal “cloning factory” is due to open in China, producing one million calves a year, sniffer dogs and even genetic copies of the family pet. The £21 million “commercial” facil...


China | 24 November 2015
Chinese dairy giant’s local listing a chance for investors

Australian investors are being offered a stake in the booming Chinese dairy market with the listing of one of northern China’s largest milk producers on the Australian Stock Exchange early next year. ...


China | 24 November 2015
Cattle vaccines aim to cut slaughter

A new research project in B.C. aims to develop vaccines using genomics to stop the spread of infectious diseases not only with livestock, but from transferring to humans too, as the lack of effective ...


China | 24 November 2015
Chinese-Korean joint venture to mass-produce cloned beef cattle

A Chinese-Korean joint venture plans to build the world’s largest cloning factory in Tianjin, eventually producing 1m cloned calves a year, as well as dogs and even endangered species. Monday’s ann...


China | 18 November 2015
U.S. to push China to lift poultry import ban

U.S. agriculture officials in the coming days will step up efforts to convince China to lift a ban on imports of U.S. poultry that was imposed at the start of the nation's worst-ever outbreak of bird ...


China | 16 November 2015
Asia rather than China alone ­will be a key driver for dairy exports

China is no longer the focus of the export drive that has been put in place by the Irish dairy industry, according to Colin Gordon, chief executive of Glanbia Foods Ireland. “We are now looking at ...


China | 11 November 2015
Fonterra's Johan Priem upbeat on China prospects

The end of China's one-child policy is good news for Fonterra but is not a sudden key to unlocking huge potential, the dairy giant's new president for Greater China and managing director for Asia, Mid...


China | 9 November 2015
Is China planning to exploit African agriculture?

There is a consensus in Africa that agriculture is one of the keys to achieving sustainable and inclusive growth there. Most of Africa’s population and its poor depend on agriculture, so this sect...


China | 9 November 2015
The real cattle class: cows fly to China on 747s

Next time you’re stuck on a long-haul flight in a packed, economy-class cabin, being ignored by a frazzled flight attendant, spare a thought for the passengers on a recent flight from Melbourne to Cho...


China | 6 November 2015
What do we know about the Chinese land grab in Africa?

There is a consensus in Africa that agriculture is one of the keys to achieving sustainable and inclusive growth there. Most of Africa’s population and its poor depend on agriculture, so this sector c...


China | 3 November 2015
Chinese dairy firm eyes Aust expansion

A major Chinese dairy company hopes Australian cows can help it quench China's growing thirst for fresh milk. China Dairy Corporation is considering expanding its milk supply operations into Austra...


China | 30 October 2015
Chinese sales push Delamere dairy past £25m

A surge in sales to China has helped drive turnover past the £25m mark at Knutsford-based Delamere Dairy. Co-founder Liz Sutton has told Insider that the company is delighted that its strategy to t...


China | 29 October 2015
Hairy crabs help China solar industry flourish

As she plucks the weeds ensnaring a nascent crop of honeysuckle, farmer Yang Xinfeng makes an unlikely pioneer in the global renewable energy revolution. China will this year overtake Germany to be...


China | 29 October 2015
China's New Zealand farm-buying runs into opposition

Chinese conglomerate Shanghai Pengxin Group has been on a buying spree ever since it entered New Zealand in 2011. The food giant has bought 29 farms through local subsidiaries to become the country...