China’s Ministry of Agriculture Expects Soybean Cultivation to Increase by 566,000 Ha in 2017

China’s corn output was up 4.1 percent in the 2015-16 marketing year (September 2015 – August 2016) despite a government-led drive to reduce corn acreage, the Agriculture Ministry said on Tuesday [17 January 2017]. During the period, the country produced 22.4 million metric tons of corn and imported 3.2 million tons – a 41.9 percent

China’s Minister of Agriculture Announces Reforms on Rural Collective Property Rights are on the Horizon

China is to carry out “necessary and imminent” reforms of the rural collective property rights system to give farmers more rights and to prevent rural assets from falling into the hands of outside capital, as part of the country’s drive to spur economic growth in rural areas, the agriculture minister said on Tuesday [3 January

China’s Ministry of Agriculture is Optimistic About 2016’s Agricultural E-Commerce Sales

Online retail volume of China’s farm produce is expected to grow by about 50 percent in 2016 as more farmers use e-commerce platforms to sell their produce. Online produce sales might reach 220 billion yuan ($32 billion) this year, up over 46 percent over the previous year, according to the Ministry of Agriculture…Full Article: China

China’s Ministry of Agriculture Considering Functional Zoning for Certain Crops

The Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) is mulling to establish grain production function zones as well as key agricultural product production protection zones to ensure key agricultural product safety and supply, according to Yu Xinrong, vice minister of MOA…Full Article: Xinhua Finance Dec 2016 Key Point Officials are considering agricultural function zones in northeastern China (i.e.

Canada’s Minister of Agriculture Visits With Chinese Officials

Canadian Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, is on a 10-day trade mission in China starting from last week. In Beijing, MacAulay met with Han Changfu, China’s Minister of Agriculture, and Zhi Shuping, Minister of the General Administration and Quarantine…Full Article: Nov 2016 Key Point Canada’s Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

China’s Minister of Agriculture Visits Sudan

The Chinese government has granted $60 million to Sudan to boost strategic partnership between the two countries in the field of agricultural investments. The grant was announced Thursday [20 September 2016] by Chinese Minister of Agriculture Han Changfu who is currently visiting Sudan accompanied by a high delegation comprised of a number of Chinese investors

China’s Ministry of Agriculture Torpedoes Proposal to Establish Non-GM Soybean Reserves

China’s agricultural authority announced Tuesday [9 August 2016] that it has rejected the national legislature’s proposal to set aside special zones for the cultivation of non-GMO (genetically modified organism) soybeans, saying such a step would mislead the public about GMO products. The Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) said on its official website that it disagrees with

China Outlines Three Step Process to Approve GM Seed Cultivation

China will further step up its oversight of the seed market to prevent illegal commercial cultivation of unauthorized genetically modified varieties, an agricultural official said on Wednesday [13 April 2016], after several cases of illegal cultivation were investigated by authorities last year. However, Liao Xiyuan, head of the Department of Science, Technology and Education under