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World News: 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...


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 ...


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...


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 ...


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...


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...


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...


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...


13 January 2015
Chinese dairy farmers throw away milk

Chinese farmers are reportedly throwing away at least a tonne of milk each day as milk prices plunged like anything, in the last 10 months. Desperate farmers are said to be killing cows as there is no...


12 January 2015
China hit by new food safety scandal

Chinese police have arrested more than 110 people on suspicion of selling pork from diseased pigs in the country's latest food safety scandal. Public Security said in a statement Monday that more t...


12 January 2015
China dairy farmers dump milk due to falling milk prices

In an unprecedented campaign, scores of Chinese farmers dumped tonnes of milk and killed their own cows to protest against falling milk prices, prompting authorities to intervene and take steps to sup...


9 January 2015
Across China: Chinese dairy farmers struggling

In the rural areas of north China's Hebei Province, local farmers have started feeding pigs something unusual: fresh cow's milk. The farmers are not trying to make the pigs healthier. Their new die...


8 January 2015
Dairy farmers in China hit by cheap imports

Dairy farmers in China's Shandong province have reportedly been putting down their cattle and dumping milk at the start of 2015 after the country saw milk prices plummet in the past year, the Chinese-...


7 January 2015
How Chinese farmers can reap more than they sow

Consumer-driven organic farming practices in China have the potential to stem falling participation rates in the agriculture sector and help ensure the safety and sustainability of Chinese food produc...


5 January 2015
Tears ahead for China-driven milk boom in New Zealand

Uppity Kiwis feeling boastful about their dollar approaching parity with the mighty Aussie might do well to stick to rugby for their kicks. Their China-driven boom is coming to an end as quickly as Au...


5 January 2015
Farming still has a part to play in Hong Kong

Hong Kong's agriculture industry is a shadow of what it once was. Just 2 per cent of vegetables are locally grown, compared to one-third up to the 1980s. Local production constitutes just 0.1 per cent...


1 January 2015
Hong Kong bans live poultry imports from China

Hong Kong stepped up its fight against bird flu on New Year’s Eve, as live poultry imports from China were banned and government workers began to cull about 15,000 chickens in a wholesale poultry mark...


28 December 2014
Lawmakers highlight rural reform, agricultural modernization

China's lawmakers on Saturday called on the government to update rural land-use policies to modernize and streamline the agriculture sector. The State Council on Tuesday submitted a report on rural...


25 December 2014
College students teach farming in rural China

In China, most farmers are not able to complete higher education. Their knowledge of farming has been handed down from generation to generation. In this backdrop, it has been hard to introduce new far...


23 December 2014
China approves imports of GMO Syngenta corn, Pioneer soy

China has officially approved imports of a type of genetically modified corn at the centre of a string of lawsuits over U.S. grain shipments, seed maker Syngenta AG said on Monday, ending uncertainty ...


22 December 2014
China approves modified corn import

Tall feed corn is harvested on a warm summer day in Santo Antonio do Jardim in February. China's lifting of a ban on imports of a genetically modified strain of corn and corn byproduct is welcome n...


19 December 2014
China approval may spur Syngenta to settle lawsuits

Chinese government approval for imports of a controversial type of Syngenta AG biotech corn increases the likelihood the seed maker will pay legal settlements, said some lawyers for U.S. farmers and e...


18 December 2014
Canada promotes beef in China

Canadian beef is entering the retail market of China's first tier cities and poised to be available in more regions. On Tuesday in Beijing, the Canada Beef International Institute promoted the coun...


18 December 2014
China approves imports of Viptera corn, two types of soybeans

A top Chinese government official said the country has approved imports of genetically modified Agrisure Viptera corn and two varieties of biotech soybeans after years of review, U.S. Agriculture Secr...


17 December 2014
China GMO corn approval not seen as windfall for U.S. exporters

Despite molding corn stocks and unreliable alternate suppliers, China is not expected to immediately revive U.S. corn imports following Beijing's expected approval of a biotech variety responsible for...


15 December 2014
China's new farmers are using e-commerce to transform agriculture

Du Qianli completed his postgraduate studies at Zhengzhou University in 2008. Unlike most of his classmates who became white-collar workers, Du returned home to a remote village in the Taihang Mountai...


2 December 2014
China-Australia deal to intensify competition for exporters

Australia and China signed a landmark free trade deal recently that will open up markets worth billions of yuan to Australia and make it easier for Chinese companies to invest the other way. It’s b...


25 November 2014
China’s largest dairy company opens NZ factory

China's biggest dairy company has today officially opened its $236 million factory near Glenavy in South Canterbury. The Yili group fully acquired Oceania Dairy Ltd last year. The new factory produ...


21 November 2014
Is China's GMO corn ban protecting consumers or protecting markets?

For 42 years, Don Villwock has grown soybeans and corn on 4,000 acres in southwest Indiana. He has endured low prices, bad weather and trade embargoes. This year, however, he’s facing a new challenge:...


21 November 2014
Why Wall Street investors and Chinese firms are buying farmland

As the world's population soars past 7 billion, farmland and freshwater are becoming increasingly valuable resources. And, in response, a growing number of companies and investors — Wall Street tra...