Duan Lin manages vast swathes of farmland in central China’s Henan Province. Next week, the agricultural specialist will fly to Tajikistan to inspect 1,600 hectares of farmland he runs there. Duan comes from a family of agricultural businessmen. His grandfather, Duan Shouming, was among the first generation of farmers who came in 1956 to develop the so-called Huangfanqu, a barren and salty plain formed after massive flooding of the Yellow River in the 1930s and 1940s…Full Article: The Global Times Feb 2017

Key Points

  • By the end of 2016, more than 100 Henan-based companies had invested US$7.36 billion in overseas agricultural businesses. This included those relating to grain production, animal husbandry, and food processing, as well as managing 120,000 ha of overseas farmland.
  • In 2013, Henan’s state-owned Huangfanqu Farm (~6,700 hectares) registered companies in Tajikistan and Ukraine. In Tajikistan, Huangfanqu Farm had invested US$29 million in the country’s wheat, corn, and cotton (processing) industries. In Ukraine, the farm had invested US$10 million in the country’s wheat, rye, grass (forage), and dairy heifer (~1,800 dairy cows) industries.

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  • In 2017, Ukraine plans to open a regular cargo railway route to China.
  • In November 2016, during the 2016 Ukraine Silk Road Forum in Kiev, the First Vice Speaker of the Ukrainian parliament expressed in joining the China and Central and Eastern European Countries (aka the 16+1 mechanism) and becoming a full member of China’s Silk Road project.
  • In December 2015, Tajikistan and China opened a ‘green channel’ corridor to facilitate trade between the two countries. As a result, customs clearance time between Tajikistan and China’s Xinjiang region declined from six hours to only 30 minutes.
  • In 2014, Xinjiang’s Port of Kalasu imported 64 MTs of agricultural products from Tajikistan.
  • In September 2013, China and Tajikistan discussed establishing a free trade zone in Taxkorgan Tajik autonomous county in southwestern Xinjiang.
  • In June 2013, Tajikistan exported (air shipped) just over 2 MTs of fresh cherries to Urumqi, Xinjiang.
  • In May 2013, Tajikistan and China signed an agreement specifying the phytosanitary export protocols for fresh cherries.
  • In 1997, southern Xinjiang’s Kalasu Port transit station opened. Kalasu is located in the Pamir Plateau and serves as the only direct transit route between Tajikistan and China. The point primarily serves Chinese exports to Tajikistan.

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