News from China

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 ...
25-03-2014 00:41 AM
WHO suggests HK revisit live poultry ban idea
World Health Organization, Director-General Margaret Chan, says Hong Kong should consider banning the sale of live poultry. She told a conference i...
24-03-2014 02:00 AM
China pledges rural reform, innovation
Chinese leaders of the State Council, China's Cabinet, stressed on Friday the importance of pushing forward rural reform and innovation as part of the...
21-03-2014 01:09 AM
First H7N9 found on Chinese poultry farm
Mainland authorities have discovered H7N9 on a Guangdong poultry farm, just two weeks after the agriculture minister noted that the country's farms ha...
18-03-2014 01:01 AM
China to spend more on farm subsidies
China will increase its 2014 budget for farming subsidies by 10 percent from last year’s 1.6 trillion yuan ($261.09 billion), a top government officia...
17-03-2014 05:38 AM
China reveals new urbanisation plans
After a long-awaited anticipation, China reveals their new urbanization plans poised to help bring Chinese farmers into neighboring big cities with gr...
12-03-2014 02:34 AM
H7N9 bird flu comes home to roost in China
The handful of poultry dealers lingering at Chengbei Market have had little to do since Chinese authorities shut down their livelihoods after H7N9 bir...
07-03-2014 01:49 AM
China to spend 10 pct more on farm subsidies in 2014
China will increase its 2014 budget for farming subsidies by 10 percent from last year's 1.6 trillion yuan ($261.09 billion), a top government officia...
05-03-2014 01:40 AM
Grain trader Cofco in talks to buy agribusiness unit of Nobel
China's biggest grains trader, Cofco, is in talks to buy Noble Group's agribusiness arm in a deal that would value the division at around US$1 billion...
03-03-2014 02:24 AM
China rises to new rural challenges
Zhang Baohua is no ordinary farmer. Not only is he toiling in the fields well into in his 60s, but he insists on growing traditional crops such as whe...
28-02-2014 01:12 AM
China to focus on family farms in drive to commercialise
China aims to set up more large-scale family farms as it tries to commercialise a vast agriculture sector battling inefficiency and a dwindling workfo...
26-02-2014 02:13 AM
Agriculture feels the choke in China smog
Worsening smog on the mainland is blocking natural light and could spell disaster for agriculture, scientists have warned. He Dongxian, an associat...
24-02-2014 04:03 AM
China's farmland goes to larger entities
The use rights of 340 million mu (22.7 million hectares) of farmland had been transferred to larger farming entities as of the end of 2013, the Minist...
19-02-2014 00:48 AM
China dumps grain policy to boost meat production
For decades, China’s rulers deemed grain production a linchpin to its national security. The policy of self-sufficiency was a legacy of its planned ec...
19-02-2014 00:45 AM
Ban on Chinese live poultry extended for four months
A ban on live poultry from the mainland, to prevent the entry of the deadly H7N9 flu virus, has been extended for four months but sales of live local ...
17-02-2014 03:23 AM
China reports new H7N9 cases, cities ban poultry trading
Chinese cities have stepped up control of the live poultry trade as the number of human H7N9 bird flu infections continues to rise. Health authorit...
10-02-2014 02:40 AM
Bird flu cases continue to rise in China
The Center for Infectious Diseases and Policy (CIDRAP) notes that China reported seven more H7N9 influenza cases, including the second one this year f...
04-02-2014 02:31 AM
New Zealand milks China's taste for dairy
U.S. investors betting that a loosening of China's one-child policy will boost demand for milk have won access to directly trade dairy futures in New ...
03-02-2014 04:52 AM
Mainland China's poultry may be quarantined at border
Live poultry from the mainland might be kept at a site near the border until they are confirmed to be free of the bird flu virus to avoid cross-infect...
31-01-2014 07:35 AM
China closes poultry markets
Another human H7N9 case has been found in east China's Jiangsu Province, the provincial health department confirmed on Friday. The patient, a 75-ye...
30-01-2014 03:35 AM
Bird flu costs China's farmers 20 bln
Poultry farmers in China have lost about 20 billion yuan (3.3 billion U.S. dollars) due to H7N9 bird flu infections, said the Ministry of Agriculture ...
30-01-2014 03:29 AM
No proof of direct poultry-to-human transmissions
China's Ministry of Agriculture says there is so far no proof of any direct transmission of the H7N9 bird flu from poultry to humans. The ministry sai...
28-01-2014 08:40 AM
H7N9 bird flu virus: Hong Kong culls 20,000 chickens
Hong Kong has begun culling 20,000 chickens after the H7N9 bird flu virus was found in poultry imported from mainland China. All chickens at the wh...
27-01-2014 01:27 AM
Flu warning: avoid poultry, visitors urged
Holiday revelers are urged to avoid contact with poultry when in the mainland during the Lunar New Year. This comes as six more cases of H7N9 bird ...
24-01-2014 05:42 AM
China could lose millions of hectares of farmland to pollution
Millions of hectares of agricultural land in China could be withdrawn from production because of severe heavy-metal pollution, according to a Chinese ...
24-01-2014 05:35 AM
Hangzhou halts live poultry trading; Shanghai reports deaths
Hangzhou, capital city of east China's Zhejiang Province, announced Thursday that live poultry trading in its main urban areas is halted as of Friday ...
23-01-2014 02:53 AM
No crops will be planted on China's polluted farmland
A senior agricultural official is promising no crops will be planted on polluted farmland here in China. The latest statistics show more than 3-mil...
23-01-2014 02:52 AM
Imported poultry up for serum test in hunt for H7N9
Mainland poultry imports will be tested for H7N9 bird flu using the more effective "serology" test starting tomorrow, the food and health chief said. ...
20-01-2014 00:25 AM
Beijing vows respect for farmers' rights as it pushes land reforms
The central government pledged in a key policy document yesterday to respect farmers' rights while reaffirming its commitment to grain self-sufficienc...
17-01-2014 10:36 AM
China's Bright Food buys WA dairy company
China's Bright Food Group Company has bought Western Australian dairy company Mundella Foods. The state-owned Chinese conglomerate purchased Mundel...
14-01-2014 01:58 AM
Soybeans rise most in five weeks on China demand
Soybeans jumped the most in five weeks on signs of higher demand for U.S. supplies from China, the world’s top consumer of the oilseed used in livesto...
14-01-2014 01:56 AM
China ‘eyes new food security ratios’
China is poised to change its food security benchmarks in a shift that would help agricultural exporters from the United States to the Ukraine, accord...
14-01-2014 01:54 AM
Six new cases of H7N9 virus infections reported to WHO
On Jan. 10, 2014, the National Health and Family Planning Commission of China notified the World Health Organization (WHO) of six additional laborator...
13-01-2014 12:41 PM
China to allow more farm imports
A draft of the annual agricultural policy statement shows the government is considering cutting the ratio of the nations total food crop relative to c...
09-01-2014 06:59 AM
Hong Kong and Guangdong each confirm a new case of H7N9 bird flu
Guangdong and Hong Kong yesterday each confirmed a new case of H7N9 bird flu as Hong Kong government called for stricter testing of poultry imports fr...
23-12-2013 10:35 AM
China culls two million dairy cows
China's dairy herd has shrunk by two million cows in the past year. There has been a mass exodus of small dairy farmers due to high production cost...