China Farming & Agriculture
U.S. soy farmers chafe at new China trade deal - Reuters TV
Huge Chinese fish farm on French Polynesian atoll delayed
China's pig farmers go north, upending world's top meat, grain market
Farmers busy in harvesting tea leaves in Hangzhou
Bird flu outbreak strikes duck farm
Hard to detect, deadly China bird flu virus may be more widespread
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 ...
China's pig farmers go north, upending world's top meat, grain trade flows
2017-11-27 06:30:10 China's largest pig farming companies and new entrants are racing to build vast, modern hog farms across the northeastern corn belt, expanding the world's biggest pork market and upending traditional trade flows in meat and grain. At least eight listed companies have announced or confirmed plans to produce around 17 million pigs annually in the country's northeastern provinces in coming years   Read More ...
International cooperation can solve agricultural challenges
2017-11-25 02:02:02 China can intensify international cooperation in agriculture to solve challenges facing its food security, a vice-president of the Chinese Academy of Engineering said on Friday. With an annual production of crops amounting to more than 600 million metric tons, Chinese have enough to eat, but the agricultural sector in general faces challenges such as decreasing farmland, lack of water resources, and food safety concerns caused by environmental pollution, Liu Xu said at an international conference hosted by the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences on Friday   Read More ...
China's pig farmers go north, upending world's top meat, grain market
2017-11-23 07:39:28 BEIJING (Reuters) - China’s largest pig farming companies and new entrants are racing to build vast, modern hog farms in the north-eastern cornbelt, expanding the world’s biggest pork market and upending traditional trade flows in meat and grain. At least eight listed companies have announced or confirmed plans to produce around 17 million pigs annually in the north-east in coming years   Read More ...
Ukraine's Animal Feeding Stuff Approved to Export to China
2017-11-22 00:26:29 UKRAINE - Ukraine has been approved to export sunflower meals and sugar beet pulp to China, State Service of Ukraine for Food Safety and Consumer Protection said in a statement on Monday. According to the statement, China's General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine has approved seven Ukrainian companies for sunflower meals deliveries and two Ukrainian companies for sugar beet pulp supplies   Read More ...
Wellhope on Track for Better Commercial Chicken Operations
2017-11-18 00:25:37 CHINA - Wellhope Agri-Tech Joint Stock Co is well on its way to becoming one of the world's top animal husbandry enterprises. Established in Shenyang in 1995 with an ambition to break foreign monopoly in the feed industry, Wellhope Agri-Tech Joint Stock Co is a leading feed and fowl production and processing enterprise. Over a 22-year period, Wellhope now has more than 130 subsidiaries in 29 provinces and cities in China   Read More ...
China pig herd shrinks further in October: agriculture ministry
2017-11-15 06:39:31 BEIJING (Reuters) - China’s pig herd shrank in October by the most in close to two years, said the agriculture ministry on Wednesday, amid a crackdown on farm pollution that has forced hundreds of thousands of farms to close in the past year. The world’s largest pig herd contracted by 6.6 percent in October from a year ago, said the ministry, without giving detailed livestock figures   Read More ...
China national gene bank to build new research base in Wuhan
2017-11-13 10:03:28 WUHAN -- Genome sequencer BGI has reached agreement with Wuhan city to build an agriculture research and training center there. Mei Yonghong, director of the China National GeneBank (CNGB) and chair of BGI Agriculture Group, said as part of the BGI health town project, Wuhan would host a branch of CNGB and the agriculture center. Run by BGI, a national gene bank went into operation in September 2016   Read More ...
China national gene bank to build new research base in central China
2017-11-13 09:30:13 Genome sequencer BGI has reached agreement with Wuhan City to build an agriculture research and training center there. Mei Yonghong, director of the China National GeneBank (CNGB) and chair of BGI Agriculture Group, said as part of the BGI health town project, Wuhan would host a branch of CNGB and the agriculture center. Run by BGI, a national gene bank went into operation in September 2016   Read More ...
Leftover stalks are a headache for farmers
2017-11-09 20:03:44 Farmer Wang Qiang is pleased with his harvest of beans, but the 250,000 kilograms of leftover stalks are a worry. Wang, 39, is a farmer from Bei’an in northeast Heilongjiang Province, a leading grain-producing area. He farms 80 hectares of land and mainly grows beans. “The government will not allow me to burn the stalks, but if I don’t, it is impossible for me to clear the field and plant next year,” he said   Read More ...
WHO urges end to antibiotics use in healthy food-producing animals
2017-11-08 02:30:18 The World Health Organization (WHO) launched new guidelines on Tuesday on the use of antimicrobials in food-producing animals, urging farmers and the food industry to stop using antibiotics to promote growth and prevent disease in otherwise healthy animals. The guidelines recommend an overall reduction in the use of all classes of medically-important antibiotics in food-producing animals, including complete restriction of these antibiotics for growth promotion and disease prevention without diagnosis   Read More ...
Chinese farm to harvest avocados
2017-11-02 08:00:42 The first batch of home-grown avocados from a farm in southwest China's Yunnan Province are to be harvested, the grower said. The 500 hectares avocado farm, located in city of Pu'er, is one of the largest in China. The total output of avocados is estimated at 200 tons this year, said Qi Jiazhu, chairman of the board of the Greenbank Avocado Company, the farm investor   Read More ...
Changes weighed to help farmers keep land rights
2017-11-01 06:02:58 The proposed change aims to maintain the long-term stability and consistency of rural land contracts. It was submitted at a bimonthly session of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress for its first reading on Tuesday. Liu Zhenwei, deputy director of the NPC's Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, said the current law has played a key role in rural economic development, keeping order in rural areas and increasing the incomes of farmers since it took effect in 2003   Read More ...
Giant plant would boost rice harvests
2017-10-30 03:30:30 The scientist behind China's "giant rice" has said he believes the crop could boost yields across Southeast Asia and other Belt and Road Initative countries, helping to ease global concerns over food security. Xia Xinjie, chief researcher at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, said his newly developed rice plant can better adapt to conditions such as climate than the rice plant strains in use   Read More ...
Giant plant would boost rice harvests
2017-10-30 02:02:31 The scientist behind China's "giant rice" has said he believes the crop could boost yields across Southeast Asia and other Belt and Road Initative countries, helping to ease global concerns over food security. Xia Xinjie, chief researcher at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, said his newly developed rice plant can better adapt to conditions such as climate than the rice plant strains in use   Read More ...
A reassuring message is given to farmers
2017-10-26 04:01:12 One day after the opening session of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, I received a phone call from a former middle-school classmate. He had been the class monitor but is now a successful tea plantation manager in Rizhao, Shandong province. The phone call was about his business: After renting 133 hectares of land from local farmers several years ago to plant green tea trees, he became the richest person in my old class   Read More ...
Machines are taking over in the cotton fields of northeast China
2017-10-23 20:04:49 Machines are replacing migrant workers picking cotton in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, the largest cotton production base in the country. At this time of year Xinjiang’s cotton growers would usually have begun hiring workers to pick their cotton. However, 116,000 hectares of cotton in Shawan County have already been harvested by machine. “In the past, the cotton picking season lasted at least 45 days from October to November   Read More ...
Cotton-picking machines replace manual workers in Xinjiang
2017-10-23 10:30:32 Machines are replacing hundreds of thousands of migrant workers picking cotton in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, the biggest cotton production base in the country. At this time of year Xinjiang's cotton growers would usually have started hiring workers to pick their cotton. However, 116,000 hectares of cotton fields in Shawan County have already been harvested by cotton-picking machines. "In the past, the cotton picking season lasted at least 45 days from October to November   Read More ...
Tourists keen to try life as a farmer on the grassland
2017-10-22 20:01:58 Farmers in north China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region are increasing their earnings by running guesthouses and welcoming visitors to the grasslands. Bayaer, 54, received a tourist group at his farm in Ewenki Autonomous Banner during the recent National Day holiday. “I earned around 50,000 yuan (US$7,520) during the holiday period,” he said. In 2015, Bayaer built three apartments on his property and started his tourism business   Read More ...
China exports drought-resistant rice farming technique
2017-10-20 12:06:04 HEFEI - A China-developed drought-resistant rice breed and its farming method have been introduced to nine countries, mainly in southeast Asia and Africa, according to an agricultural academy in East China's Anhui province. Dr Wang Shimei, of the Rice Research Institute of the Anhui Agricultural Academy, said the plantation area of the Lyuhan No 1 (Green Drought) rice breed had reached 2   Read More ...
China exports drought-resistant rice farming technique
2017-10-20 11:01:24 A China-developed drought-resistant rice breed and its farming method have been introduced to nine countries, mainly in southeast Asia and Africa, according to an agricultural academy in east China's Anhui Province. Dr. Wang Shimei, of the Rice Research Institute of the Anhui Agricultural Academy, said the plantation area of the Lyuhan No. 1 (Green Drought) rice breed had reached 2.3 million hectares in China   Read More ...