Report from the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences Predicts Increased Grain Output over the Next Decade

China will maintain a high rate of self-sufficiency in major grain output and realize the food security target for the next ten years, according to an official report published Sunday. The report on the outlook for China’s agricultural development from 2014 to 2023 was conducted by the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS)…Full Article: China

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

Urban Area in Hong Kong to Open Horticultural Farm

The community can expect to reap what they sow in a new, 750,000-square-foot urban farm starting from March [2014]. The “Urban Oasis” in Ngau Tau Kok aims to combine greenery and community participation through farming on accessible urban spaces, says Christian Family Service Centre, a social welfare group which runs the site…Full Article: South China

China Halts Agriculture Production on 3.33 Million Ha of Arable Land due to Heavy Metal, Pesticide, and Feed Additive Pollution

Farming of contaminated arable land almost the size of Belgium has been halted and the land will be rehabilitated to ensure food security, a senior official said on Monday [30 December 2013]. A soil survey by the Ministry of Environmental Protection found that pollution affects about 3.33 million hectares, Wang Shiyuan, vice-minister of land and

Chinese Developed Salt-Resistant Rice Variety Shows Promise

Chinese scientists report they’ve cultivated a high-yield, salt-resistant rice variety that boosts output to almost 2 1/2 tons per acre. Researchers from Hainan University planted 18 salt-resistant varieties on saline-alkali land along the sea coast in the city of Yancheng in China’s eastern Jiangsu province and identified one variety matching the output of varieties growing

China’s Ministry of Agriculture to Roll Out Farmland Reform in 2014

China will expand pilot areas for granting certificates for the contracted land to farmers next year, an official said Wednesday [25 December 2013]. The move is a fundamental work for ensuring farmers’ land rights. It will promote future land use transfers, said Minister of Agriculture Han Changfu at a national meeting on agriculture…Full Article: China

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