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World News: China
China | 28 August 2015
China's hunt for growth in the countryside

Tuguan village in remote Yunnan province feels about as far from the turbulence of modern China as you can get. A one-lane, bumpy dirt road runs through it, past whitewashed farmhouses, most with a pa...


China | 27 August 2015
Farmers try to reassure China about deal

Australian farmers are trying to reassure their Chinese counterparts about the merits of their free trade agreement, in the face of a vocal union campaign. The Nationals Farmers Federation is part ...


China | 27 August 2015
Governor talks agriculture exports with China

Food and agriculture exports are topics being talked about during Governor Rick Snyder’s current trip to China. Governor Snyder has been accompanied by the Director of the Michigan Department of A...


China | 24 August 2015
Chinese farmers in despair amid plunging stocks

Amid concern over simultaneous drops in stock prices around the world triggered by the plunge in Chinese markets, unrest is spreading among individual investors in China, who had reveled in their nati...


China | 13 August 2015
Fall of Chinese dollar unlikely to affect wheat exports

“The consensus is that it’s probably not going to make much of a difference at all,” said Steve Mercer, vice president of communications for U.S. Wheat Associates. On Wednesday, global financial ma...


China | 11 August 2015
President orders speedy compensation to farmers

Farmers whose crops were damaged by Typhoon Soudelor over the weekend should be compensated "promptly based on a simplified procedure," President Ma Ying-jeou said Monday. The authorities' assessme...


China | 7 August 2015
China moves to back small rural businesses

China has moved to shore up financing guarantees for small businesses and the rural sector in an acknowledgment of their importance to the economy. Over the past decades China has seen a population...


China | 6 August 2015
Beef, big bucks and buy-ups: are Chinese investors changing the face of Australia

The dollar was high, the country was dry and the chances of a sale looked both – until the Chinese appeared. The Duddy family attracted barely a flicker of interest from local buyers as their south...


China | 5 August 2015
US and Chinese wheat farmers should meet

Wheat farmers in the US and China could sit down together and talk about marketing. They would find out they have a lot in common. One huge problem both are trying to combat would be - how to sell low...


China | 4 August 2015
How the internet is revolutionizing lives of China's farmers

Being a farmer in China no longer means eking out a living in a backwards industry. Farmers nationwide are adopting new business practices made possible by the internet, boosting their earnings and mo...


China | 31 July 2015
Australia signs China live cattle deal

A new front in relations with Beijing has been opened by Barnaby Joyce who has extended the live cattle trade to China in a new deal expected to deliver up to $2bn a year to the Australian economy. ...


China | 15 July 2015
Rural Chinese are betting the farm on stock market success

Chinese farmers are deserting their favourite pastime, playing mahjong and gossiping, in favour of another game where everyone can win – China’s stock market. In an eye-opening article in China’s S...


China | 14 July 2015
Typhoon devastates farmland after mass evacuation

Typhoon Chan-Hom made landfall on the Chinese mainland on Saturday afternoon, bringing severe winds and heavy rain to Zhejiang and neighbouring provinces. Chan-Hom, the ninth typhoon to hit China t...


China | 9 July 2015
100,000 cow dairy coming to China

Last week Interfax – a non-governmental Russian news agency – revealed the dairy is part of a partnership between Russia and China. Zhongding Dairy Farming of China and Russian company Severny Bu...


China | 7 July 2015
China using farm animals to predict earthquakes

The Chinese city of Nanjing has transformed seven farms into earthquake research centers for the government. According to local media reports, the farms report the animals’ behavior twice a day to ...


China | 30 June 2015
China to build giant dairy farm to supply Russia

China has started to build a joint Chinese-Russian livestock agricultural complex. A hundred thousand cows are planned to be bred in a project costing one billion Yuan. The farm is being set up in ...


China | 22 June 2015
The scale of Chinese farming through Irish eyes

Limerick IFA chairman and Nuffield Scholar Aidan Gleeson gives his account of a study tour in China. I have spent the last 10 days touring several regions in China with a group of international Nuf...


China | 18 June 2015
160,000 pigs die in flooding at farm in southern China

About 160,000 pigs have drowned in floods during torrential rains in a region of southern China, according to a newspaper report. The animals died at a farm in Dahua Yao county in the Guangxi regio...


China | 16 June 2015
20% of China's farmland now unfit for cultivation

Twenty percent of China's two billion acres of farmland has become so polluted that it is now classified as unfit for cultivation, according to a report released recently by the China Land Consolidati...


China | 9 June 2015
China's Bright Dairy to raise $1.45bn

Chinese milk producer Bright Dairy & Food Co Ltd plans to raise up to 9 billion yuan ($1.45 billion) from select investors to buy Israeli food firm Tnuva from its state-owned parent, Bright Food Group...


China | 29 May 2015
Deer farmers confident about velvet future in China

Deer farming was one of those money-making ventures that brought many an Australian farmer unstuck, but those that persevered are now reaping all the rewards it promised decades ago. Demand for vel...


China | 28 May 2015
Chinese dairy farmers upset with Australian free trade agreement

Chinese dairy farmers fear their government is sacrificing the local industry to promote trade with Australia. Australia and China finalised the terms of a free trade agreement in December and expe...


China | 28 May 2015
Chinese researchers are genetically engineering beef

You’ve heard of the alpha dog. Get ready for the omega cow. Chinese researchers say they’ve reared beef rich in the beneficial fatty acids associated with fish oils, according to Biotechnology Lett...


China | 27 May 2015
Chinese dairy farmers upset with Australian free trade agreement

Chinese dairy farmers fear their government is sacrificing the local industry to promote trade with Australia. Australia and China finalised the terms of a free trade agreement in December and expe...


China | 26 May 2015
China cattle export talks underway

Australia could soon start shipping live cattle to China. Negotiations are underway to secure animal welfare protocols before shipments can begin, agriculture department officials told a Senate est...


China | 22 May 2015
China does an about-face on GMOs

The Chinese have long been wary of genetically modified organisms, grown from seeds designed to yield plants more resistant to drought, bugs, and other hazards. While imports of GMO-derived soybeans a...


China | 14 May 2015
India, China to push for food security agreement

India and China will jointly push for a food security agreement at the World Trade Organization besides other areas on which they can find common ground at the multilateral level. Prime Minister N...


China | 8 May 2015
Aussie farmers tour China's dairies

A first-hand look at the Chinese dairy supply chain helped inspire 14 Victorian dairy farmers last month. China boasts the largest dairy market in the world, and the week-long reconnaissance trip a...


China | 4 May 2015
Chinese agri giant wants $100m of Australian farmland

One of China's largest beef producers, Chongqing Hondo Agriculture Group Co, is looking to buy up to $100 million worth of cattle stations in Australia within the next year. The company's president...


China | 1 May 2015
China to give $9 billion to support grain farmers

China will give a total of 57.8 billion yuan ($9.32 billion) to grain farmers as part of efforts to deepen rural reform, promote modern agriculture and raise incomes for farmers, state news agency Xin...