Sugarcane Producers in Guangxi Region Use Biological Pest Control Measures

Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China’s biggest producer of sugar, has reduced pesticide use by more than 30 tonnes since 2011 through biological pest control, local authorities said. Guangxi has used an army of Trichogramma chilonis, a kind of wasp, to combat sugarcane borers, in around 3 million mu (200,000 hectares) of low-yield fields over the

China’s Ministry of Finance Allocates Over ~US$350 million to Support Domestic Agricultural Production

The Chinese central government has earmarked 650 million yuan ($105 million) for the prevention of plant disease and elimination of pests. The Ministry of Finance asked local authorities to distribute the money in time and make sure the special funds will be used properly…Full Article: China Daily Sept 2014 Key Point An additional 1.55 billion

More than 500 Invasive Species Have Invaded China since the 1980s, Threatening its Agriculture Sector

China has become one of the countries hardest hit by invasive species, threatening its biodiversity and agricultural production, authorities said on Friday. A total of 529 non-indigenous species have invaded the country since the 1980s, said Wang Yanliang, a Ministry of Agriculture official in charge of ecological and resources protection, at a meeting about invasive

South China Officials Detect Two Types of Harmful Snails in an Australian Rapeseed Shipment

For the first time, bodies of a harmful snail have been found in a batch of imported rapeseed at a port in South China, authorities said. Lots of bodies of Cochlicella Barbara were recently found in cargo at the port in Fangchenggang, in the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region…Full Article: China Daily Dec 2013 Key point

China Approves Hardwood Imports from Virginia and South Carolina

The Chinese government has lifted its trade ban on hardwood logs exported from Virginia and South Carolina, the Virginia Port Authority announced recently. The lifting of the ban takes effect on Sunday [15 September 2013]…Full-text article: PilotOnline.com Sep 2013 Key point Pine and other softwoods are still banned due the risks associated with pinewood nematode.