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Pepsi Looks to Expand Potato Cultivation into Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region

PepsiCo Foods (China) Co Ltd, the Chinese arm of the beverage and food giant, joined hands with local agricultural authorities in launching a potato-crop demonstration farm on Friday in Yanchi county, the Ningxia Hui autonomous region. The farm covers 33 hectares, and will use advanced technology in water management to boost potato cultivation, according to

U.S. to Make Final Decision on Punitive Duties on Chinese Plywood Imports by Summer 2013

The US Commerce Department on Tuesday announced its preliminary affirmative determination in the anti-dumping duty (AD) investigation against imports of hardwood and decorative plywood from China, signaling that it may pose punitive duties on the products. The department said that Chinese producers and exporters sold hardwood and decorative plywood in the United States at dumping

China Looks to Boost Truffle Production after Reserves Dwindle due to High Demand and Overeager Harvesting

Chinese truffles have been so popular in the last decade that natural reserves are now seriously threatened. The light on the horizon is a research farm that has successfully cultivated these precious fungi. Yunnan province has produced its first batch of cultivated black truffles, and experts say they hope the fungi will be available on

ADM’s Acquisition of Eastern Australia’s GrainCorp Awaits Final Approval from China’s Ministry of Commerce

GrainCorp agreed on Friday to a revised AU$3.0 billion (HK$23.3 billion or US$3.1 billion) bid from US-based Acher Daniels Midland Co, ceding control of Australia’s largest independent grains handler after a six-month courtship. China’s Ministry of Commerce (Mofcom) claims the power to review any merger in which the combined company would have $63m in Chinese

California Caught Off-Guard by China’s Sudden Import Ban on Citrus

The California fruit industry was left stunned yesterday, following an abrupt announcement from Chinese authorities that the country would no longer accept citrus imports from the U.S. state after April 18. California Citrus Mutual president Joel Nelsen said China reported six interceptions earlier in the year for Phytophthora syringae or brown rot, but no clear

China’s Minister of Agriculture Visits New Zealand for 1st Time in Over 30 Years, Signs Bilateral Agreement on Agriculture

China and New Zealand will expand their sharing of agriculture expertise and knowledge under a new bilateral agreement signed Wednesday [24 April 2013]. New Zealand Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy and visiting Chinese Minister of Agriculture Han Changfu signed the Strategic Plan on Promoting Agricultural Cooperation in Wellington. “This is an important agreement which