Chinese Companies To Develop Agricultural Land and Expand Sugar Production in Northern Nigeria

Governor Muhammad Badaru Abubakar of Jigawa State yesterday [16 August 2015] said two Chinese companies are ready to invest in the state in the area of sugar and other agricultural products. Badaru who disclosed this to newsmen when the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Gu-Xianojie paid a courtesy call on him in his office, said

Zambia Wants Chinese Investment in Its Agriculture Sector

Zambia’s Agriculture Minister Given Lubinda has urged Chinese investors to tap into the potential of agricultural sector in the southern African country, saying an array of incentives are waiting for them. In a recent interview with Xinhua, Lubinda said Zambia has abundant arable land which has remained unexploited due to constraint funds and out-dated production

Hainan Island to Transition Away From Rice and Sugar Cane Production

A Chinese provincial government is to ‘restructure’ the island’s agricultural sector in order to foster opportunities for substantial future growth. The Hainan Government held a symposium on June 22-25 where it announced various plans focused on developing 12 new industries, including tropical produce and e-commerce…Full Article: Fresh Fruit Portal July 2015 Key Point According to

Xi Jinping Warns Local Government Officials Charged with Transferring Farmland to Take a Step-by-Step Approach and Not a “Great Leap Forward”

As China encourages farmers to pool their land for better productivity, the country has gone on high alert for illegal seizures and speculation. The latest warning came from Chinese President Xi Jinping, who this week suggested that arable land should be protected “the way we protect pandas”. Most of China’s farmland is owned collectively by

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 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