China’s “Second Granary” Project to Boost its Grain and Soybean Yields

A yearlong program to increase yields of wheat, corn and soybeans in China’s less-fertile regions will rely on science and technology to invigorate agricultural production and benefit 70 million farmers, according to an official from the Chinese Academy of Sciences. The program, dubbed Second Granary, is expected to reap an additional 9 billion kilograms of

COFCO and Coca-Cola Factory in Gansu Province Accused of Manipulating Water Pollution Data

Officials at a Coca-Cola bottling plant in Northwest China’s Gansu Province said on Thursday [22 October 2015] a faulty use of online monitoring equipment led to inaccurate sewage data, after it was accused by local environmental authorities of forging data. An internal investigation found that the employee on duty discovered unstable data of monitored sewage,

China’s South-to-North Water Diversion Project Expected to Boost Wheat Output

China’s south-to-north water diversion project, expected to start operation in the coming days, will ease the drought that has been plaguing north China, greatly improving grain output, officials and experts have said. About 13 percent of water will be assigned for agriculture every year, which will add six billion cubic meters of water for ecological

China Plans to Have More Than 66 Million Hectares of Irrigated Land by 2020

China’s water watchdog promised on Sept 29 [2014] to make a priority of water conservation in agriculture — the country’s largest water-consuming industry. Li Guoying, vice-minister of water resources, said at a news conference in Beijing that with the nation’s growing population and increasing demand to its biosystem, water scarcity has become a barrier to

China’s Top Economic Decision Making Organization May Establish a New Agency to Better Protect the Country’s Natural Resources

China is expected to establish a new government organ in an effort to better protect natural resources, including minerals, water and forests, said a senior official. The establishment of a State-owned assets supervision and administration body on natural resources is still being mulled, said Yang Weimin, deputy director of the Office of the Central Leading

Irrigation Costs Spike as Drought Saps China’s Water Supply

A severe drought in China’s major crop-producing regions threatens to end 11 consecutive years of annual growth in the country’s harvest. The drought, affecting 4 million hectares of farmland, has cut the agricultural water supply in provinces including Henan, Hubei, Shandong and Liaoning, and shows no sign of abating. It coincides with one of the