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World News: China
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....


China | 24 March 2015
China paves the way for a new definition of urban farming

2011 marked a paramount year in modern Chinese history- the year that the majority of the population went from inhabiting rural farmland to living in urban sprawl. It doesn’t seem like a particula...


China | 20 March 2015
China’s Bright Food investigating big acquisition in Europe

China’s second biggest food company, Bright Food, is currently doing due diligence on a big target acquisition in Europe. The purchase would provide a platform to bring western-quality to China, wh...


China | 17 March 2015
China's farmers make giant transformers models

Yu Zhilin (R) and son Yu Lingyun pose for photos in front of giant transformers models in Hengyang County, central China's Hunan Province, March 14, 2015. Yu Zhilin and son Yu Lingyun, farmers of ...


China | 12 March 2015
China's beef imports forecast to increase in 2015

Following on from the approval of Irish beef into China in February 2015, BMI is now forecasting a 12% increase in official 2015 import volumes into China compared to 2014. In February 2015, the C...


China | 12 March 2015
China goes sour on NZ dairy imports

Key dairy importer China will increase its scrutiny of New Zealand milk powder following anonymous threats to poison infant formula in New Zealand. Despite reassurances from New Zealand's Ministry ...


China | 10 March 2015
China's top pig farmer to expand production

China's largest pig breeder will increase production by more than 20 percent this year, despite overcapacity in the sector, aiming to benefit from higher productivity over the country's many small far...


China | 9 March 2015
Chinese cyber-dissident takes farmers' land fight online

He spent years in jail for running one of China's few websites dedicated to reporting human rights abuses. But now, the authorities appreciate his coverage, Mr Huang Qi said as his smartphone buzzed w...


China | 5 March 2015
China plans trial program to let farmers sell land

China will carry out a groundbreaking trial program that may allow farmers to sell land, a senior official said Wednesday, a step toward liberalizing rural real estate transactions currently monopoliz...


China | 3 March 2015
Meat boom propels China's ecosystems into total collapse

China's farming boom has massively increased food production, writes John Dearing - especially of meat. But it has come at a massive cost: the wholesale pollution and destruction of core ecosystems. ...


China | 17 February 2015
China's urban sprawl raises key question: can it feed its people?

An hour’s drive south of central Beijing, the city’s squat mid-rise buildings fan out into fields. Ramshackle brick houses stretch on for miles, coal and cabbage piled high by their doorsteps, while s...


China | 13 February 2015
China's lending push bypasses cash-starved farm sector

As China pulls out the stops to get more lending into its economy to bolster flagging growth, farming, a sector that employs almost a third of its 1.4 billion people, remains in desperate need of fund...


China | 12 February 2015
China introduces new land use regulations

Cheng Jinshang's desperation must have been great. After his land was expropriated, he set himself on fire in front of the local government's building in China's eastern Anhui Province in mid-January....


China | 10 February 2015
Flat Chinese demand slams pork prices

For decades, Chuck Souder relied on corn and soybeans to keep his 400-acre Iowa farm running, but with corn selling for half its price two years ago and soybeans slumping, Souder has shifted to what h...


China | 9 February 2015
GM is a question of public or private good

China does not want its genetically modified food (GM) market to be dominated by foreign products (and thus foreign companies). Such assurance by officials of Central Rural Work Leading Group, Chi...


China | 5 February 2015
Better rural-urban integration sought in China

Along with urban expansion in the past decades, China has been paying special attention to rural development in hope of building the countryside into another economic engine. China released the ann...


China | 3 February 2015
S. Korean move leaves Chinese garlic farmers fuming

Commodity exporters from Lanling incur huge losses after consignments are rejected on quality issues. Garlic exporters in Lanling county of Shandong province have been urged to search for new buyer...


China | 3 February 2015
China eyes food safety, modern farms in 2015 rural policy

China has listed food safety and modernizing farms as among key priorities this year, its 2015 rural policy outline showed, as it tackles falling agricultural productivity that has raised concerns abo...


China | 2 February 2015
China eyes food safety, modern farms in 2015 rural policy

China has listed food safety and modernizing farms as among key priorities this year, its 2015 rural policy outline showed, as it tackles falling agricultural productivity that has raised concerns abo...


China | 30 January 2015
GM crop cultivation in China shrinks

China's genetically modified (GM) crop planting areas declined in 2014 amid heated discussions over safety concerns, a study revealed on Wednesday. Chinese farmers grew 3.9 million hectares of GM c...


China | 30 January 2015
Avian flu rampages in Taiwan, hits China, India

Taiwan yesterday reported more than 100 avian flu outbreaks of three different subtypes, affecting hundreds of thousands of poultry, while China and India reported fresh outbreaks as well. In addit...


China | 22 January 2015
Mutual gains from China sheep project

In 2013, the Chinese government announced its intention to achieve self- sufficiency in red meat production by 2020. This announcement was accompanied with increased research funding of NZ$340 million...


China | 21 January 2015
Chinese milk is being dumped in fields

In a country still haunted by bitter memories of food shortages,which during the Great Leap Forward led tens of millions of Chinese to become “hungry ghosts,” the sight of milk being dumped in fields ...


China | 20 January 2015
Milk dumping urges competitive dairy industry

The reputation of China's domestic dairy industry has been badly damaged by production-related scandals and despite demand, farmers have turned to dumping milk and slaughtering cows to cut their losse...


China | 19 January 2015
Imported formula puts pressure on Guangdong dairy farmers

Dairy farms in southern CHina's Guangdong province are struggling to survive as sales have been stalling due to cheaper imported milk powder, reports the local Southern Metropolis Daily. According ...


China | 16 January 2015
Why China’s growing cities do not threaten farmland

China recently announced strict controls to stop big cities expanding on to neighbouring farmland. The Minister for Land and Resources Jiang Daming justified these controls by claiming that good farml...


China | 15 January 2015
Profit warning sours China milk outlook

Yashili Holdings, the Chinese infant formula maker part-owned by Danone, has warned full-year profits will fall by almost half, sending jitters through other strategic and financial investors who pile...


China | 14 January 2015
Farms hit by bird flu to be subsidized

In response to the recent outbreak of new strains of H5N2 and H5N8 bird flu, the Council of Agriculture (COA) announced yesterday that farmers affected by the outbreaks will be subsidized for their lo...


China | 14 January 2015
Australia to cash in on China milk boom

A free trade deal with China that slashes tariffs on dairy exports could turn Australia into a land of milk - if not honey - and set it up to take advantage of China's addiction to Western powdered mi...