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China | 23 August 2016
Shipping dairy cows to China is 'ecomomic treason', Winston Peters says

Dairy giant Fonterra has been accused of "economic treason" after shipping thousands of dairy cows from Timaru to China. However, the company says it is important to be realistic about the scale of...


China | 15 August 2016
China backs GMO soybeans in push for hi-tech foods

China, which has spent billions of euro researching GMO crops, has already embraced the technology for cotton but has not yet permitted the cultivation of any biotech food crops amid fears from some c...


China | 12 August 2016
After decades of wariness, China to grow GMOs

The Chinese have long been wary of genetically modified organisms. The country allows imports of genetically modified corn and soybeans for animal feed. But it’s held off on domestic commercialization...


China | 11 August 2016
China's insatiable soybean hunger eats into record US crop

U.S. farmers just can’t seem to grow enough soybeans to satisfy China. For the third year in a row, U.S production is expected to set a record, the best such string since 1979. Yet, with output dro...


China | 10 August 2016
China backs GMO soybeans in push for high-tech agriculture

China will push for the commercialization of genetically modified soybeans over the next five years as it seeks to raise the efficiency of its agriculture sector, potentially boosting output of the cr...


China | 9 August 2016
E-commerce boosts farmers' lives in old revolutionary base areas

Premier Li Keqiang once said that we'll be able to bring the Chinese economy up to a new level with the tail wind generated by the Internet Plus strategy. Now a county in old revolutionary base areas ...


China | 3 August 2016
Chinese company buys one of Australia's largest cattle stations

A Chinese company has bought one of Australia's largest cattle stations for 76 million U.S. dollars. Shanghai Zhongfu, trading in Australia as Kimberley Agricultural Investment (KAI), acquired the ...


China | 2 August 2016
Wealthy Chinese are avoiding food scares with their own organic farms

Han Xing did not become a farmer for the money. He already had plenty, as the founder of a communications equipment company. What he wanted was food not tainted by heavy metals or fouled with pesticid...


China | 29 July 2016
Chinese firm to finance NZ dairy plant

A state-owned Chinese agricultural company has taken a cornerstone share in small New Zealand dairy firm Mataura Valley Milk, the dairy company said yesterday. China Animal Husbandry Group will hol...


China | 28 July 2016
Chinese company majority investor in $200m Southland dairy plant

A state-owned Chinese company is investing in a Southland company to build a $200 million dairy processing plant with the promise of creating 100 new jobs. Mataura Valley Milk has announced China A...


China | 13 July 2016
Chinese poultry company buys UK game studio

Facing falling profits, a Chinese chicken supplier has decided to move into the games industry, has purchased UK developer Splash Damage... If you haven't heard of British developer Splash Damage, ...


China | 13 July 2016
China's worst flood in decades has decimated its farmland

The worst flooding since 1998 is wreaking havoc on Taiwan and, especially, southern mainland China. The death count is nearing 200, and the effects may go on for much longer, thanks to the destruction...


China | 11 July 2016
Making agriculture resilient to bad weather

Climate variability is increasing the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events such as droughts and floods. Linked to El Niño, the recent floods in Central and Southern China are a remind...


China | 6 July 2016
Farmers' tearful farewell to flooded pigs prompts sympathy online

Photographs of two farmers bidding an emotional farewell to 6,000 pigs who they feared would drown in severe flooding in China may have helped secure their rescue. Pictures of the tearful goodbyes ...


China | 27 June 2016
China is encouraging its consumers to eat less beef

Following a review of its dietary guidelines, the Chinese government is now encouraging its consumers to eat less meat. Under the new guidelines, China is recommending an upper limit on meat (beef,...


China | 23 May 2016
China flags greater appetite for Australian goods

China has flagged an even greater appetite for Australian dairy products and other goods as consumer demand surges for high quality agricultural imports from Down Under. Bank of China executive vic...


China | 17 May 2016
Why Chinese agriculture engagement in Africa is not what it seems

The Western and African media have long fueled the myth that Chinese investors are buying up vast tracts of land across Africa as part of a neo-colonial plan to export food back to China. Sure, on...


China | 12 May 2016
China eats so much pork these feed producers became billionaires

China’s appetite for meat has made billionaires out of two of the country’s largest animal-feed providers. Bao Hongxing, chief executive officer of closely held Twins Group Co., China’s fifth-large...


China | 10 May 2016
China plans to invest $1.9bn in Kazakh agriculture

Chinese companies are in talks to invest $1.9bn in 19 agricultural projects across Kazakhstan in an expansion of Beijing’s Silk Road initiative beyond roads and railways to beef and tomato purée. G...


China | 5 May 2016
China releases pork reserves as prices of pigs fly

Pork prices in China are at record levels even after Beijing pledged to decant some of its reserves on to the market this week in an attempt to tamp down the cost of the staple protein. When it com...


China | 21 April 2016
Half of Chinese farmers don’t want to leave the land and move to the city

A report found that nearly half of the Chinese farmers polled are unwilling to move to cities. This is according to a recent report on the challenges posed by industrialization, urbanization, and a...


China | 20 April 2016
China-led consortium in vast Australia farmland deal

A Chinese-led consortium has agreed to buy a historic Australian company that owns more than 1 per cent of the country’s vast landmass just months after Canberra blocked a similar deal led by the same...


China | 11 April 2016
Visionary has China wagyu beef plan

A Singaporean businessman with plans to turn the Pilbara into a production hub for wagyu beef has a lot on his plate in China tonight. Bruce Cheung will host about 500 guests for dinner at the Four...


China | 5 April 2016
As China reforms its corn market, farmers switch to soybeans

Wang Zhonghai, a 49-year-old farmer in China’s top corn producing province of Heilongjiang, plans to switch 80 percent of his land to cultivate soybeans this year as the government ends a near decade-...


China | 4 April 2016
Chinese engagement in African agriculture is not what it seems

Chinese engagement in African agriculture is not what it seems... In December 2015, Chinese President Xi Jinping flew into South Africa for the Forum on China-Africa Co-operation with great fanfare...


China | 30 March 2016
Chinese engagement in African agriculture is not what it seems

In December 2015, Chinese President Xi Jinping flew into South Africa for the Forum on China-Africa Co-operation with great fanfare. There were lots of announcements about prospective investments acro...


China | 29 March 2016
China subsidies costing U.S. wheat farmers $653 million a year

U.S. cotton producers are facing some of their lowest prices in decades, primarily due to the subsidy policies of the People’s Republic of China, which have created a surplus of more than 50 million b...


China | 29 March 2016
China's milk stockpile leaves New Zealand dairy farmers struggling

China once helped drive global dairy demand but its stockpiling of powdered milk sent prices plunging and has left farmers in the world's top milk exporter, New Zealand, struggling to stay afloat and ...


China | 24 March 2016
Is China sick of Australian dairy?

Think back to 2015, what was a defining industry within equities? Dairy. And even though it sounds silly, baby formula was on top. Of course, it doesn’t sound silly when you factor in demand. And ...


China | 23 March 2016
China Focus: Farmers cut grain cultivation as prices plunge

Plunging prices and changing tastes mean Chinese grain farmers are having to think carefully about what they plant this year. "No more corn, that's for sure. It doesn't make money. And wheat is ris...