China’s Ministry of Agriculture Considering Functional Zoning for Certain Crops

The Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) is mulling to establish grain production function zones as well as key agricultural product production protection zones to ensure key agricultural product safety and supply, according to Yu Xinrong, vice minister of MOA…Full Article: Xinhua Finance Dec 2016 Key Point Officials are considering agricultural function zones in northeastern China (i.e.

China National Cotton Reserves Corporation to be Absorbed by Sinograin in SASAC Shakeup

China’s state-asset watchdog said Wednesday [21 November 2016] that China National Cotton Reserves Corporation will no longer be under its supervision and be merged with another state-owned company. The state cotton reserve manager will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of China Grain Reserves Corporation (Sinograin), the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission (SASAC) said in a

Spiking Agricultural Commodity Prices Stir Concern in China

China’s securities regulator has called for tighter oversight of agricultural commodity trading amid concerns that speculation could be driving an unusual surge in prices for staples ranging from garlic and ginger to iron ore and coal. Fang Xinghai, the deputy head of China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC), on Saturday said the market should be monitored

Chinese Experts Assisting Cotton Production in Osh Region, Kyrgyzstan

“Chinese seeds, fertilizers and pesticides are revitalizing our cotton fields,” said 60-year-old Nurdinov Nizomidin, as he wedged his feet through his lush cropland in southern Kyrgyzstan, smiling…Full Article: China Daily Aug 2016 Key Point In 2003, China sent experts from its Institute of Cotton Research of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) to Kara-Suu,

China’s State Council Eyes a Future with More GM Crop Cultivation

China will allocate more resources to GM crop R&D, according to a five-year plan for science and technology progress published Monday [8 August 2016] by the State Council. The plan lists science and technology targets for the 2016-2020 period, as well as the government action needed to achieve the proposed results…Full Article: Xinhua Aug 2016

Shanghai Zhongfu Buys Cattle Land in Northern Australia

A Chinese company has bought one of Australia’s largest cattle stations for $76 million. Shanghai Zhongfu, trading in Australia as Kimberley Agricultural Investment (KAI), acquired the 476,000-hectare Carlton Hill station in far north Western Australia (WA)…Full Article: China Daily Aug 2016 Key Point In March 2016, Australia’s Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) approved the acquisition

China Outlines Three Step Process to Approve GM Seed Cultivation

China will further step up its oversight of the seed market to prevent illegal commercial cultivation of unauthorized genetically modified varieties, an agricultural official said on Wednesday [13 April 2016], after several cases of illegal cultivation were investigated by authorities last year. However, Liao Xiyuan, head of the Department of Science, Technology and Education under

China’s Ministry of Agriculture to Promote GM Corn “Over the Next Five Years”

China’s agriculture authority plans to promote commercial cultivation of genetically modified corn and GM cotton over the next five years. Liao Xiyuan, an official with the Ministry of Agriculture made the announcement at a news conference on Wednesday. Liao has also defended China’s strategy to develop its own GM technologies by saying that the country