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World News: China
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...


China | 28 April 2015
US asks China to drop ban on poultry imports

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Monday asked China to drop a ban on imports of U.S. poultry imposed because of an outbreak of bird flu in chickens and turkeys. The United States wants Chi...


China | 28 April 2015
China to strengthen oversight of GM crops under development

China plans to increase its oversight of genetically modified crops due to heightened public concern over Beijing's ability to keep illegal GM products out of the food chain. Beijing supports genet...


China | 27 April 2015
Australian dairy producers ‘could ship fresh milk to China’

A Dutch logistics and engineering company that specialises in the global transport of perishable liquids believes Australia’s dairy industry could send large volumes of fresh milk to Asia by boat. ...


China | 20 April 2015
China’s rotten grains highlight troubled policy

Chinese state television has shone light on the taboo topic of poor quality grains held in bulging government warehouses, in one of the first official acknowledgments that the country’s vast agricultu...


China | 16 April 2015
Farm pollution in China worsening

Farm pollution in China is worsening, despite moves to reduce excessive use of fertilizers and pesticides, said the agricultural ministry, urging farmers to switch to organic alternatives to tackle se...


China | 15 April 2015
China farm pollution worsening, says agriculture ministry

Farm pollution in China is worsening, despite moves to reduce excessive use of fertilizers and pesticides, according to the country’s agriculture ministry. It urged farmers to switch to organic alt...


China | 14 April 2015
Hong Kong announces bans on US poultry

Hong Kong has implemented a ban on poultry meat and poultry products — including eggs — from two counties in South Dakota and one county in North Dakota following confirmation of H5N2 in commercial tu...


China | 14 April 2015
Russia and China strike $268mn fertilizer deal

One of the world's biggest potash producers has signed a contract with the world’s largest consumer. Uralkali Trading S.A, a subsidiary of world’s leading potash producer Russia’s Uralkali has sign...


China | 7 April 2015
Chinese dairy farmers seek new solutions on milk supply

A new program being launched in northwest China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region will allow local farmers to lease out their cows to large-scale dairy cooperatives. This will allow them to draw rent...


China | 27 March 2015
China likely to be more valuable than the US for beef exports

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney says China is likely to be a bigger market for Irish beef exports than the US. He also expects beef producers here to be selling into China by the autumn foll...


China | 24 March 2015
Chinese milk market to fall back into deficit

China's dairy market, whose large inventories were behind a halving in world prices last year, will return eventually to a supply deficit, boding well for values, the country's top milk producer said....