China Farming & Agriculture
Pig trough: China hog prices plunge after farm building boom
China reports highly pathogenic H5N6, H7N9 bird flu outbreaks - OIE
Chinese experts teach mushroom farming in Fiji
China, voracious buyer of foreign agricultural land
Sorghum farmers snared in growing China-US trade dispute
Huge Chinese fish farm on French Polynesian atoll delayed
China's pig farmers go north, upending world's top meat, grain market
In China's Tea-Growing Heartland, Coffee Is Fast Becoming the New Flavor
2018-04-05 21:08:12 A dozen international coffee experts shuffle around a long wooden table, pausing at each steaming cup, head dipping, sniffing deeply, and shuffling on once more. Then the raucous slurping begins. In the wings hangs Yang Fan, the coffee farmer, watching the judges circle intently, awaiting a verdict on her latest crop of beans. “This is the most international farmer coffee cupping we’ve ever had,” says Samuel Gurel, CEO of Torch Coffee roasters in the southwestern Chinese town of Pu’er, Yunnan province, referring to the weekly coffee grading process he hosts for local farmers   Read More ...
Chinese farmers take up intensive farming
2018-03-10 09:30:30 The spring farming period is the busiest time of the year for Shi Yixian, 52, a crop seed dealer in Henan Province, one of the largest agricultural bases in China.H "My seed quality is very good. Many customers will return to my store for a second year," said Shi, who started his business nearly 30 years ago. Shi said his sales method has completely changed in recent years   Read More ...
Agricultural sustainability project reached 20.9 million smallholder farmers across China
2018-03-09 17:00:03 Smallholder farmers who cultivate perhaps only a few hectares of land dominate the agricultural landscape in places like China, India, and sub-Saharan Africa. Increasing their efficiency while reducing their environmental impact are critical steps to ensuring a sustainable food source for the world's growing population. Yet sharing best practices with smallholder farmers, who often have limited resources to invest in their livelihoods and who number in the hundreds of millions in China alone, is a daunting prospect   Read More ...
Pig trough: China hog prices plunge after farm building boom
2018-03-09 10:42:56 BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese pig prices hit their lowest in nearly four years this week, plunging farmers in the world’s top pork market into the red and underscoring concerns that a rapid expansion of large pig farms in China has outpaced slowing demand growth. The sudden downturn - one of the steepest declines over such a short period ever - will mark the first serious test for many companies that have rushed into pig farming in the last two years   Read More ...
China reports highly pathogenic H5N6, H7N9 bird flu outbreaks
2018-03-08 04:02:59 PARIS--China reported an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N6 bird flu at a duck farm in Guangxi province, the Paris-based World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) said on Wednesday, citing a report from the Chinese agriculture ministry. The virus killed 23,950 ducks out of a flock of 30,462 ducks, the ministry said. The remaining birds were all slaughtered, it said. In a separate report, China also reported an outbreak of highly pathogenic H7N9 bird flu in a backyard in Shaanxi province, the OIE said   Read More ...
China reports highly pathogenic H5N6, H7N9 bird flu outbreaks - OIE
2018-03-07 19:25:33 PARIS: China reported an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N6 bird flu at a duck farm in the Guangxi province, the Paris-based World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Wednesday, citing a report from the Chinese agriculture ministry. The virus killed 23,950 ducks out of a flock of 30,462 ducks, the ministry said. The remaining birds were all slaughtered, it said   Read More ...
China reports highly pathogenic H5N6, H7N9 bird flu outbreaks: OIE
2018-03-07 17:47:55 PARIS (Reuters) - China reported an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N6 bird flu at a duck farm in the Guangxi province, the Paris-based World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Wednesday, citing a report from the Chinese agriculture ministry. The virus killed 23,950 ducks out of a flock of 30,462 ducks, the ministry said. The remaining birds were all slaughtered, it said   Read More ...
Chinese experts teach mushroom farming in Fiji
2018-03-01 18:02:23 Chinese experts have been training up farmers in Fiji on how to raise mushrooms to supply the local market and boost their incomes. The Fijian government said it planned to develop the industry through a research and development programme in collaboration with the Chinese government. A senior research officer Tekini Nakidakida said there was high demand for mushrooms in Fiji especially from the tourism sector and farmers can earn a good income from the short-term crop   Read More ...
Farmers busy with farm work after Spring Festival holidays across China(1/4)
2018-02-26 09:30:06 Fishermen convey fish at the pier in Shitang Township of Wenling City, east China's Zhejiang Province, Feb. 25, 2018. Farmers are busy with farm work after the Spring Festival holidays. (Xinhua/Zhou Xuejun)   Read More ...
China, voracious buyer of foreign agricultural land
2018-02-25 18:31:26 BEIJING (AFP) - A Chinese tycoon's purchase of vast wheat fields in France highlights China's increasing acquisition of foreign farmland as the Asian giant seeks to keep up with its massive population's growing appetite. With 1.4 billion mouths to feed -- one-fifth of the world's population -- but less than 10 percent of the planet's arable land, China has looked abroad to fill its food needs   Read More ...
China, voracious buyer of foreign agricultural land
2018-02-25 12:01:58 Beijing (AFP) - A Chinese tycoon's purchase of vast wheat fields in France highlights China's increasing acquisition of foreign farmland as the Asian giant seeks to keep up with its massive population's growing appetite. With 1.4 billion mouths to feed -- one-fifth of the world's population -- but less than 10 percent of the planet's arable land, China has looked abroad to fill its food needs   Read More ...
China to expand trials of crop rotation, fallow systems
2018-02-24 04:30:21 China will expand trials of crop rotation and fallow systems to aid the green and sustainable development of agriculture, an agriculture official said Friday. The crop rotation and fallow systems will cover more than 50 million mu (around 8 million hectares) by 2020, said Zeng Yande, an official with the Ministry of Agriculture, at a press conference on Friday. For 2018, the crop rotation and fallow systems will cover 24 million mu, expanding from 12 million mu in 2017 and 6   Read More ...
Sorghum farmers snared in growing China-US trade dispute
2018-02-07 03:37:42 Farmers in the American heartland have planted sorghum on more than 6 million acres, driven in part by strong demand from Chinese hog farms and liquor distillers. But thanks to an escalating trade conflict between China and the Trump administration, that $1-billion business may be in peril. On Sunday, Chinese officials launched an anti-dumping investigation into U.S. sorghum exports -- two weeks after President Donald Trump slapped new tariffs on washing machines and solar panels   Read More ...
Sorghum farmers are the first victims in growing trade dispute between China, US. Are soybeans next?
2018-02-06 22:03:46 But thanks to an escalating trade conflict between China and the Trump administration, that $1-billion business may be in peril. On Sunday, Feb. 4, Chinese officials launched an anti-dumping probe into U.S. sorghum exports - two weeks after President Donald Trump slapped new tariffs on washing machines and solar panels. The U.S. trade deficit with China hit a record high on Tuesday, Feb   Read More ...
Sorghum farmers are the first victims in growing trade dispute between China, US. Are soybeans next?
2018-02-06 22:03:38 But thanks to an escalating trade conflict between China and the Trump administration, that $1-billion business may be in peril. On Sunday, Feb. 4, Chinese officials launched an anti-dumping probe into U.S. sorghum exports - two weeks after President Donald Trump slapped new tariffs on washing machines and solar panels. The U.S. trade deficit with China hit a record high on Tuesday, Feb   Read More ...
China launches dumping probe into US sorghum imports amid rising trade tension
2018-02-05 12:12:04 China has launched an anti-dumping and anti-subsidy investigation into imports of sorghum from the United States, the Ministry of Commerce said on Sunday, less than a fortnight after U.S. President Donald Trump slapped steep tariffs on imports of solar panels and washing machines. Beijing's action is expected to immediately hit demand for the upcoming U.S. sorghum crop, exports of which are largely used to feed China's huge livestock sector, and send shivers through the entire U   Read More ...
Meru Macadamia farmers protest arrest of Chinese found without permits
2018-02-02 14:17:31 Am 02.02.2018 veröffentlicht Macadamia farmers in Meru are demanding the release of Chinese nationals arrested for allegedly being in the country without proper business permits.   Read More ...
May set to champion UK's wind farm technology during visit
2018-02-01 04:01:06 Last week, the governor of China's Guangdong province announced plans to construct 10 new offshore wind farms off the coast of South China. The giant turbines will generate 3.65 gigawatts of electricity, which is enough to power more than 2.5 million homes. The story is the same in many other coastal regions of China, where fleets of turbines are springing up and powering the nation's clean-energy revolution   Read More ...
Top U.S. pig farm equipment maker expands in China amid modernization push
2018-01-29 09:42:02 GUIYANG, China (Reuters) - The largest U.S. maker of equipment for pig farms opened a new factory in China on Saturday, investing in its third plant in the world’s top hog market in a bet the country’s ambitious push into large-scale pig farming will bring a surge in demand. The move sees privately owned Hog Slat Inc put $2 million into building the plant, near Guiyang, capital of southwestern Guizhou province   Read More ...
China's first GM rice gets U.S. FDA approval
2018-01-23 02:01:16 GM crops met with strong opposition from Chinese public. A genetically modified (GM) rice product developed by a group of Chinese scientists has acquired the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval, the first such Chinese product allowed to enter the U.S. market. However, neither China nor the U.S. has approved mass cultivation of the rice amid low acceptance from the Chinese public for GM food   Read More ...
Migrant worker Zhao Lei and his breeding business(1/7)
2018-01-18 04:00:36 Zhao Lei checks growing of goats at a cooperative in Zhaiya Village of Zaoyang Township in Ankang, northwest China's Shaanxi Province, Jan. 16, 2018. In 2011, the migrant worker Zhao Lei returned to his hometown Zhaiya from east Zhejiang province and tried to breed goats. As the expansion of breeding, Zhao cooperated with other villagers in breeding and shared incomes with them   Read More ...
China's farm produce prices slightly higher
2018-01-16 03:30:43 The price index for China's farm produce rose slightly in the week ending Jan. 14 compared with the previous week, according to a Ministry of Commerce statement. The price index edged up 0.5 percent in the past week, with growth retreating 1.1 percentage points from the rate seen a week earlier. The wholesale price of pork went up 0.5 percent, while the cost of beef and mutton rose 0   Read More ...
The Minister for Agriculture and Food visits the Ceva Santé Animale plant in China
2018-01-13 12:29:28 On the occasion of Emmanuel Macron’s official visit to China, Marc Prikazsky, Chairman of Ceva Santé Animale, yesterday received Stéphane Travert, French Minister for Agriculture and Food, and his delegation to present the Beijing factory of France’s N°1 veterinary pharmaceutical company. The site manufactures poultry vaccines* and employs 140 people. Ceva Santé Animale employs 500 people in its establishments in China, where it has been present since 2002   Read More ...
China, France to seek stronger trade ties
2018-01-08 07:30:41 French dairy farmers who have gone out of business since the end of EU milk quotas two years ago have found a solution in China. In France, a third of the farmers earn less than 400 U.S. dollars per month from dairy farming. "We've had a surplus of milk in Europe for two years, so the prices are low," Gerard Carard, an economist from French National Dairy Board said   Read More ...
UK looks to benefit from China's desire to upgrade its pig stocks
2018-01-06 06:30:12 The United Kingdom will send its largest shipment of pig semen to China this month, as the latter looks to improve the genetics of its domestic herd. Dozens of major pig farmers in China will look to strengthen their stock using semen from pigs bred at the Deerpark Pedigree Pigs artificial insemination facility in Northern Ireland. The order, for 2,000 samples, is worth 200,000 pounds ($271,000) and is the largest since the UK won the right to export pig semen to China during a trade mission in 2013 led by then-prime minister David Cameron   Read More ...
A decade after scandal, China's dairy industry regains public trust
2018-01-05 03:01:20 As a self-described gastronome, Shang Qingfang is always willing to try all kinds of delicacies the world has to offer. But when it comes to milk products, she favors domestic brands over imported ones. "Domestically produced milk is always fresher than imported, which is the most important thing for me in choosing a diary product," said Shang, a resident of Wuhu City in central China's Hunan Province   Read More ...
Tiger kills worker in Indonesian plantation
2018-01-04 20:03:48 A Sumatran tiger has mauled an Indonesian palm oil plantation worker to death, officials said yesterday, the latest in a string of deadly conflicts between humans and animals blamed on rampant deforestation. Jumiatik, 30, was found dead at the plantation in Riau province on Sumatra island on January 3 with horrific bite wounds on her neck and legs, police revealed. The victim was collecting data on pests with two female colleagues before the tiger appeared and chased the trio some 200 meters through the plantation   Read More ...
Developer tries raising cows to milk earnings
2018-01-02 20:04:34 When Xu Xiaobo decided to spend all his savings raising cows five years ago, his EMBA classmates thought the real estate tycoon had gone crazy. Xu, 47, meant what he said. He spent 460 million yuan (US$70 million) in Gucheng County in Hebei Province, creating a massive pasture for more than 10,000 Australia-imported Holstein cows. Getting into the dairy industry needs courage in China   Read More ...
Failing forest farm now blossoms
2018-01-02 02:01:42 In just over two decades, Yuanshan Forest Farm has changed beyond recognition. It used to be uncompetitive and debt-ridden. But now it is one of the most lucrative tourist spots in East China's Shandong province, earning over 100 million yuan ($15.36 million) every year from its ecotourism, aquaculture, hotels and other businesses. Over 150 forest farm directors had traveled to Yuanshan, in Zibo, to learn about the transformation   Read More ...
U.S. soy farmers chafe at new China trade deal - Reuters TV
2017-12-28 07:38:28 Transcript >> US soybean farmers are worried that they could get hurt in 2018 under a deal struck between the US Department of Agriculture and China. China is the world's largest soybean importer. US export of soybean to China last year amounted to more than $14 billion. But Beijing demanded higher standards of US beans. Reuters agriculture reporter, Tom Polansek.>> The USDA says that China came to the US in September with complaints about excessive weed seeds in shipments of US soybeans to China   Read More ...
FIFA says Chinese dairy producer a 2018 World Cup sponsor
2017-12-20 10:00:32 ZURICH (AP) — FIFA has turned to China yet again to find a sponsor for the World Cup in Russia. FIFA says dairy producer Mengniu Group signed for the 2018 tournament, joining Chinese brands Hisense and Vivo in the second-tier sponsor category. Mengniu becomes "the official drinkable yogurt and pre-packaged ice-cream of the FIFA World Cup and the official milk and powdered milk of the FIFA World Cup for Greater China," FIFA says   Read More ...
Farmers get harvest of policies for modern era
2017-12-19 04:01:22 Various incentives will help with the development of agriculture. While agriculture has always been a key part of China's economy, farmers now have more policy incentives to develop agricultural businesses and improve their lives. The most recent executive meeting of the State Council, China's Cabinet, announced a series of new incentives for the development of new business entities in agriculture. The meeting was chaired by Premier Li Keqiang on Dec 13   Read More ...
World Bank approves $150 mln loan for China's farm produce distribution system
2017-12-18 10:01:05 The World Bank has approved a 150-million U.S. dollar loan to southeastern Chinese province of Jiangxi to improve its farm produce distribution system, the bank said in a statement. The loan will benefit over 200,000 farmers through more efficient farm-to-market supply chains, according to the statement. "Despite the rapid development of produce markets in China, farm produce logistics remains a bottleneck in the distribution system and has hindered producers' potential for more efficient production and higher incomes," said the statement   Read More ...
Veterinarian dedicated his life to farmers
2017-12-15 03:02:04 Wang Yicheng, a veterinarian in Zhejiang province who died in September, examines pigs farm in a grape greenhouse. He also instructed the workers at the farm. (Photo/China Daily) On a Friday morning in September, livestock farmers across Zhejiang province gathered at Hangzhou Funeral Home to mourn a veterinarian. Wang Yicheng, 61, an expert in the prevention and control of pig diseases who devoted himself to helping farmers, died of gastric cancer on Sept 12   Read More ...
World's first offshore fish farm produced in China supports Norwegian salmon
2017-12-12 03:30:51 The world's first semi-submersible aquaculture support vessel, which was built by the Wuchang Shipbuilding Industry Group Co, has been put into operation in the Norwegian Sea area of Frohavet. Ocean Farm 1, the world's first deep-sea fish farm, incorporating the most advanced and sustainable technology in fish breeding, was delivered in June, according to the Xinhua News Agency. It was put into operation by Norwegian fish farming company SalMar ASA, one of the world's top specialists in raising and processing salmon, an employee from Wuchang Shipbuilding told the Global Times on Monday   Read More ...
Jiangxi specialties delight Shanghai with annual farmers' fair
2017-12-11 09:30:21 A farm fair highlighting products from Jiangxi Province's has been held over the weekend in Shanghai, with more than 300 agricultural retailers showing off their products. The fair at Shanghai International Agricultural Exhibition Center ends today. Besides special Jiangxi food, visitors also enjoyed cultural events like traditional tea practice and singing performances, Shanghai's Agricultural Commission said. Due to its historical bond with Shanghai's zhiqing ― youth who left the urban areas to live and work in rural areas during the 1960s and 1970s ― Jiangxi Province has cooperated with Shanghai for a long period through the fair and other endeavours   Read More ...
Huge Chinese fish farm on French Polynesian atoll delayed
2017-12-11 04:14:26 The planned launch of a huge Chinese fish farm on Hao atoll in French Polynesia has been delayed because of a legal dispute. Radio 1 said the Chinese company Tahiti Nui Ocean Foods has been taken to court by the construction company Coco Group Engineering over alleged payment delays. After years of negotiations and months of preparations, the $US 1.5 billion project was due to be started this month   Read More ...
Hundreds of pigs fly to China
2017-12-08 04:30:20 A shipment of 658 pigs from France that arrived in China on Wednesday will soon be put to work - making sweet amour. The China Southern Airlines flight from Paris arrived at Wuhan Tianhe International Airport on Wednesday after making the 11-hour trip. The porcine guests are the first of four batches to be shipped for breeding, said their buyer, who works for a Xiangyang county livestock company   Read More ...
Dairy industry facing challenges, says expert
2017-12-08 03:01:00 The quality of raw milk and dairy products in China is increasing, but the domestic dairy industry still faces challenges, an expert said at a forum held in Beijing on Thursday. Li Shengli, director of the Sino-Dutch Dairy Development Center, said consolidation in the dairy sector was increasing, with the ratio of scaled dairy farms (those with more than 100 cattle) having reached 50 percent   Read More ...
Annual onion market held in Bern (1/5)
2017-11-28 08:00:48 Photo taken on Nov. 27, 2017 shows figurines made of onions for sale on a market stall at the annual "Zibelemaerit" in Bern, Switzerland. The "Zibelemaerit" (onion market) is a traditional one-day festival which is held on the fourth Monday in November. (Xinhua/Ruben Sprich)   Read More ...