Syngenta and DJI Technology to Launch Agricultural Drone Trial Programs in China

The world’s largest consumer drone-maker, DJI Technology Co. Ltd., has teamed up with Swiss agribusiness giant Syngenta AG to secure a foothold in China’s booming agricultural drone market. The deal aims to improve the technology of DJI’s drones by taking advantage of Syngenta’s expertise in spraying pesticides on crops, the companies announced Wednesday…Full Article: Caixin

Chongqing University Creates New Fungus-based Biological Pesticide

A university biologist in Southwest China encouraged people to drink pesticide at his lab on Thursday [14 December 2017. Viscous and green, the biological pesticide was recently approved for mass production in China – and its inventor has quite the sales pitch. “The pesticide has two ingredients-cooking oil and rice,” said Xia Yuxian, professor at

Sinochem Group’s Modern Agricultural Platform (MAP) Service Launched in Anhui Province

The Sinochem Group has launched an intelligent agricultural platform in east China’s Anhui Province, which the major producer of chemicals and fertilizer hopes will help make farming work easier. An online-offline combination, it can provide a wide range of services ranging from seed selection to soil detection and machinery training…Full Article: Xinhua Dec 2017 Key

Sugarcane Producers in Guangxi Region Use Biological Pest Control Measures

Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China’s biggest producer of sugar, has reduced pesticide use by more than 30 tonnes since 2011 through biological pest control, local authorities said. Guangxi has used an army of Trichogramma chilonis, a kind of wasp, to combat sugarcane borers, in around 3 million mu (200,000 hectares) of low-yield fields over the

Usage of Agricultural Drones in China Not a Simple Matter

Chinese farmers faced with labor shortages are turning to crop-dusting drones. But this newfound love for the cost-saving devices may not be good news for farmers and consumers as a lack of regulations and industry standards may lead to the abuse of pesticides and fertilizers, experts warned…Full Article: Caixin Oct 2017 Key Points From 2014

Hong Kong to Focus Poultry Egg Testing on Five EU Countries

The food safety authority of China’s Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) said Thursday [28 September 2017] that it has decided to narrow the scope of testing for imported eggs from European Union (EU) countries…Full Article: Xinhua Sept 2017 Key Point Hong Kong’s Center for Food Safety (CFS) stated it would reduce the scope of

Agricultural Demonstration Zones Promoting Water Recycling and Minimal Agrochemical Usage to be Set Up in China

China has earmarked 605 million yuan (around 90 million U.S. dollars) from the central budget to bolster eco-agriculture. The funds will be used for 61 circular projects, projects which create economic development through environment and resource protection, including water recycling and standardized production, in 23 provincial areas to develop a sustainable rural economy, the Ministry