Russia can start delivering wheat to China soon, Russian Agriculture Minister Alexander Tkachev said at a meeting with his Chinese counterpart Han Changfu. “We hope to start delivering Russian wheat to the Chinese market soon,” he said. The minister recalled that the two countries’ phytosanitary services signed in December 2015 the protocols on phytosanitary requirements for supplying 5 types of grain crops from Russia to China: wheat, soy, rape, maize and rice. However, active supplies of Russian grain have not started yet…Full Article: TASS May 2016

Key Point

  • In December 2015, China and Russia signed a phytosanitary agreement relating to Chinese imports of Russian wheat, soybeans, corn, rapeseed, and rice. However, before grain shipments can begin, additional changes/amendments to the phytosanitary agreement must be made.

ChinaAg Comments

  • In December 2015, China and Russia signed quarantine inspection agreements on Russian exports of wheat, corn, rice, and soybeans.
  • In October 2015, China’s Food Conglomerate, COFCO Group, announced plans to construct two warehouses (100,000 MT capacity each) in Russia’s Far East. COFCO was interested in constructing the warehouses in Russia’s Mikhailovsky priority development territory located in southern Primorsky Krai.
  • In June 2015, China announced it would start the construction of a joint Chinese-Russian livestock agricultural complex in Heilongjiang province. The agricultural complex will developed by China’s Zhongding Dairy Farming and Russia’s Severny Bur, with approximately 100,000 ha of Russian and Chinese land to be used to grow animal feed. Russia’s Primorsky Krai borders China’s Heilongjiang province.
  • In June 2015, a Zhejiang-based company was granted permission to lease 115,000 hectares of uncultivated land in Russia’s Transbaikal region (i.e. Zabaykalsky Krai). The Chinese company plans to use the land to grow vegetables, wheat, and other agricultural commodities, as well as raise livestock.
  • In 2004, the Sino-Russian agricultural joint venture “Armada” was established. The agricultural JV covered an area of 40,000 hectares in Russia’s Primorsky Krai region.

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