China Renews Import Approvals for 14 GM Crops and Adds Two New GM Varieties

China, the world’s top buyer of genetically modified (GMO) soybeans, renewed the import approvals for 14 GMO crop varieties and approved the import of two new varieties starting on June 12, the Ministry of Agriculture said on Wednesday [14 June 2017]…Full Article: ECNS.cn June 2017 Key Point The two new GM crop varieties approved for

Shaanxi-based Company Carries Out Crop Research Near Almaty, Kazakhstan

While energy remains the core of cooperation between China and Kazakhstan, the two nations have also cultivated agricultural links in recent years. In a field near the western foot of Tianshan Mountain, which forms a natural border between the countries, wheat is being grown from Chinese seeds on 200 hectares of land…Full Article: ECNS.cn May

China’s Canola Industry under Duress from Cheaper Imports

The domestic rapeseed farming and processing industries have been pushed to the edge by imports, according to media reports, and experts said farmers’ welfare, especially their pensions, must be enhanced to improve productivity. According to a report published by the derivatives research center under Orient Futures on April 19, the domestic planting area of rapeseeds

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.

China to Increase Import Standards for Canola to the Chagrin of Canadian Exporters

China is standing firm on its insistence for higher standards of canola in negotiations with Canada, which shows the government’s determination to regulate the sector by encouraging domestic production of the crop, experts told the Global Times on Tuesday [16 August 2016]…Full Article: The Global Times Aug 2016 Key Points On 1 September 2016, China

China’s COFCO to Set Up Crop Trading Office in Winnipeg, Central Canada

China’s COFCO Agri will open a Canadian crop trading office in Winnipeg [Manitoba Province, central Canada] by the time farmers harvest their new crops, the state-owned agricultural trader said Tuesday [28 June 2016]…Full Article: Alberta Farmer Express June 2016 Key Point COFCO’s Winnipeg office will focus on canola (rapeseed), canola oil, canola meal, wheat, barley,

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

Cargill China Worried About Overcapacity in the Country’s Grain Milling and Oilseed Processing Industries

Overcapacity in agricultural processing has slowed the industry’s development, hurting investments, R&D, innovation and earnings, according to an industry leader. Robert Aspell, president of Cargill China, said massive investments have been made in recent times, mostly by Chinese companies, in the food-processing segment. The 150-year-old Minneapolis-based Cargill is an international producer and marketer of food,