China Extends Tax Breaks and Small Loans Privileges to Aid Farmers and Modernize its Agriculture Sector

China will extend tax breaks on Wednesday [3 December 2014] to encourage banks and insurers to support agriculture. “The continued preferential policy is critical to food security, increasing farmers’ incomes and modernizing the sector,” said a statement released after a cabinet meeting chaired by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang. Bank’s interest revenues from small loans to

Pig Farm in Hunan is Under Police Protection after Angry Villagers Complain of River and Farmland Pollution

A polluting pig farm in Linli, a county in Hunan Province, was put under the protection of local police when angry villagers and a local environmental protection agency asked it to take action to reduce its pollution, China Daily has learned. An inscribed tablet hung at the farm’s gate said the farm was under protection

China Transfers Farmland to Larger Entities from its Household Contract Responsibility System

The use rights of 340 million mu (22.7 million hectares) of farmland had been transferred to larger farming entities as of the end of 2013, the Ministry of Agriculture said on Sunday. The transferred land accounts for 26 percent of the farmland under “the household contract responsibility system”, said Zhang Hongyu, a senior official of

Representatives from the Mainland Visit Agri-Industrial Park in Southern Taiwan

Mainland chief negotiator Chen Deming led a business delegation to visit an agriculture industrial park and a high-tech farm in southern Taiwan’s Pingtung county on Wednesday, the second day of his eight-day trip to the island. Chen, president of the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS), said there are many opportunities for cross-trait