Shenzhen’s DJI Technology and USA’s Dow AgroSciences Sign MoU

Shenzhen-based drone maker DJI Innovation Technology signed a memorandum of understanding with Dow AgroSciences on Tuesday [27 June 2017] to work on the research and application of crop protection drones and technology…Full Article: China Daily June 2017 Key Point As a result of the MoU, both companies will conduct joint pesticide application experiments on rice

200 Grain-Producing Counties to Take Part in Pilot Agricultural Disaster Insurance Program

A total of 200 major grain-producing Chinese counties will pilot agricultural disaster insurance this year and next year to improve their ability to counter natural disasters, according to the Ministry of Finance…Full Article: ECNS.cn May 2017 Key Point According to the Ministry of Finance, the pilot agricultural disaster insurance program will primarily cover rice, wheat,

Vietnam’s Macadamia Industry to Invest in Processing Facilities

Duong Cong Minh, chair of Vietnam Macadamia, said Vietnam would have 30 million macadamia plants in the next 10 years which would provide 350,000-400,000 tons, worth $1 billion. Vietnam plans to build 30 macadamia nut preliminary processing and eight large-scale processing plants. The Vietnam Macadamia Association would also cooperate with international associations to develop the

Concerns Over the Sale of Drowned Hogs and Poultry After Flooding in China

Severe flooding across large parts of the country has raised fresh concerns about food safety. Since the rainy season began in early June, millions of domestic animals have been washed away in flooding, authorities said…Full Article: Xinhua July 2016 Key Point As a result of flooding from mid-June to early July 2016, Anhui Province lost

Anhui Province Bans Alcoholic Beverages at Official Banquets Not Involved in Attracting Foreign Investment

Anhui province has banned alcoholic beverages at official banquets, except those held to attract investment or involving foreign affairs. The new rule, released on Thursday [16 June 2016], is considered the toughest across the country and was made in response to criticism from the country’s top anti-graft body…Full Article: China Daily June 2016 Key Points

Beingmate Authorized Infant Formula Dealer Found Selling Counterfeit Beingmate, Abbott Lab, and Vitacare Products

A company-authorized dealer of baby formula has been linked to a ring making selling knockoff baby milk powder, a case that one analyst says highlights problems with government supervision of the industry. Police in Shanghai detained the dealer and eight other people from December 9, 2015, to January 7 this year on suspicion they produced

China’s “Second Granary” Project to Boost its Grain and Soybean Yields

A yearlong program to increase yields of wheat, corn and soybeans in China’s less-fertile regions will rely on science and technology to invigorate agricultural production and benefit 70 million farmers, according to an official from the Chinese Academy of Sciences. The program, dubbed Second Granary, is expected to reap an additional 9 billion kilograms of

France’s Danone On the Brink of Selling its Dumex China Unit to Mengniu’s Yashili International Holdings

Danone SA, the French dairy giant, has offloaded its struggling Dumex China unit to a subsidiary of China Mengniu Dairy Co Ltd for 150 million euros ($159 million). The Paris-based company said the sale to Yashili International Holdings Ltd, which is yet to be approved by the relevant authorities and Yashili shareholders, would create “a