China Announces Pilot Program in 7 Locations to Allow Farmers to Trade in Land Rights for Shares in Farming Enterprises

China announced on Friday [20 March 2015] a pilot program, allowing the trade of rural land use rights for stakes in farming entities. The pilot program will be run in three experimental rural reform regions in Jiangsu, Sichuan and Guizhou, and four counties in Heilongjiang, Shandong, Zhejiang and Chongqing Municipality, the Ministry of Agriculture said

Xinjiang Region Uses Polyethylene (PE) Film on ~75% of its Arable Land

Farmers in China’s arid western regions have long regarded plastic film as a boon for business, but the environmental problems resulting from its use are prompting scientists to look for alternatives, as Gao Bo reports from Urumqi. For the past three decades, farmers in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region have been masters at using polyethylene

The Standardization Administration of China (SAC) Has Established More Than 4,200 National Agricultural Demo Plots

By the end of 2014, China had established 4,272 national level demonstration zones over eight stages, edging it closer to its goal of agricultural standardization, said Tian Shihong, head of the Standardization Administration of China (SAC), on Tuesday [4 March 2015]. Demonstration zones are large-scale farming areas set up by the SAC as model estates

For the 12th Year in a Row, China’s “No. 1 Central Document” Focuses on Agriculture and Rural Issues

China will step up reforms and innovation to speed up agricultural modernization in 2015, according to a key policy document released by the Party and government on Sunday [31 January 2015]. As the Chinese economy, under the “new normal,” shifts from high-speed to medium-to-high-speed growth, it has become a key issue to continue consolidating the

China Overuses Chemical Fertilizers by Almost Double the Internationally Recognized Limit

Surveys show that over forty percent of cultivated land has been degraded, mainly via the overuse of chemical fertilizers, Guangming Daily reported. Cultivated land in China is classified into three grades – high, medium and low yield croplands, at 498 million mu (33.2 million hectares), 818 million mu [~54 million ha] and 510 million mu

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