China’s Vice Agriculture Minister Promotes Cheese Consumption

A Chinese agricultural official said Wednesday [13 December 2017] that China should encourage growth in the cheese market to develop its milk industry. “Efforts should be made to develop dry dairy products like cheese to improve milk product structure and boost the milk industry,” Vice Agriculture Minister Yu Kangzhen said…Full Article: Xinhua Dec 2017 Key

China’s Ministry of Agriculture to Spend USD 200 million to Train Farmers

China will spend 1.5 billion yuan ($200 million) on its drive to professionalize farming, which the Minister of Agriculture claimed will make “everyone want to be farmers.” Participants will be encouraged to use modern machinery rather than manual labor, be educated in environmentally friendly farming techniques and will be taught up-to-date land management knowledge, the

China to Revise Law on Farmers’ Specialized Cooperatives

Draft revision to the Law on Farmers’ Specialized Cooperatives was submitted to the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC) for reviewing Thursday [22 June 2017]. The draft expands the scope of specialized cooperatives, adding several new businesses to the cooperatives, including folk arts and crafts, leisure agriculture, and rural tourism…Full Article: June

China Wants to Increase Usage of Organic Fertilizer on its Tea and Fresh Produce Crops

China’s Ministry of Agriculture Wednesday [14 June 2017] launched a program to replace chemical fertilizers with organic alternatives in 100 counties and districts. The central government will earmark a fund to support the fertilizer-replacement plan which targets tea, vegetables, and fruit, said Yu Xinrong, vice minister of agriculture…Full Article: Xinhua June 2017 Key Points China’s

Chinese Government to Subsidize Agricultural Drones

The authorities are using drones to spray pesticide on wheat fields in Xinghua, East China’s Jiangsu province, as part of this year’s diseases and pests control program. The local government is introducing high-tech tools to ensure bumper harvest in the future and to boost the development of intelligent agriculture…Full Article: May 2017 Key Points

Ministry of Agriculture Sets Goals to Reduce Usage of Fertilizer and Plastic Mulch

China will launch campaigns to curb pollution from livestock and poultry farms, as well as the excessive use of fertilizers in horticulture, to fight pollution in rural areas, a top agricultural official said on Tuesday [7 March 2017]. The Agriculture Ministry will kick off a campaign this year to treat pollution from animal excrement on

China’s Deputy Agricultural Minister States GMO Technology Can be Used Safely

China hasn’t approved any planting of GMO (genetically modified organism) grains, said a top agricultural official Tuesday [7 March 2017]. Agricultural Minister Han Changfu made the remarks during a news conference on the sidelines of the ongoing legislative and political advisory meetings…Full Article: Mar 2017 Key Point China’s Deputy Agricultural Minister noted that GMO