Traditional Chinese Medicine Farmers in Gansu Province Profit from Selenium Rich Plants

Farmers in northwest China are finding new ways to increase their incomes by growing herbs used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). For many years farmers in Weiyuan County, Gansu Province [south of Lanzhou], have made their living by growing TCM herbs like astragalus mongholicus and angelica, but profits have always been thin and the living

Chinese Scientists Warn of Current Phosphorus Overuse and Potential Depletion within the Next 35 Years

China’s reserves of phosphorus, a key element for growing food, could be exhausted within the next 35 years if the country maintains its current production rate, a new study has found. However, China could delay exhausting its phosphorus reserves by more than 20 years through improving agronomic use efficiency of the mineral to the average

Researchers in Gansu Province Develop NPK-rich Waste Water from Potato Processing Factories for Potential Irrigation Use

Scientists in China have developed a way of making fertilizer from waste water discharged by potato processing plants, solving a pollution problem which has held back China’s potato ambitions. China sees potatoes as a new staple food to ensure food security, but protein-rich water discharged by starch processors, a major buyer of the spuds, has

China Looks to Cap its Water Consumption for Irrigation and Increase its Forest Coverage Rate

China’s Ministry of Agriculture on Wednesday [27 May 2015] published a guideline on achieving “zero discharge” of agricultural waste by 2030. The guideline also set targets on agricultural science and mechanization. China must guarantee to maintain the basic farmland at a level of no less than 1.56 billion mu (about 104 million hectares) by 2020,

China Launches a Pilot Fertilizer-Reduction Program in Corn, Apple, and Vegetable Growing Regions

China is scaling back use of chemical fertilizers to cut cost and improve efficiency. Starting from this year, pilot fertilizer-reduction programs will include corn grown in the northeast and parts of north and central China, vegetables produced in north China’s greenhouses and apples grown in the northwest and Bohai Bay area, He Caiwen, an official

China’s Vice Minister of Agriculture Voices Concern Over Agricultural Pollution

Agriculture has overtaken industry as the biggest non-point source pollution in China, according to vice minister of Agriculture Zhang Taolin. Zhang said hazards facing soil and water pollution and the safety of agricultural products have increased, Beijing Times reported. Industrial and civil pollution has shifted to agriculture, lowering the quality of arable farmland. Another negative