The Chinese wine and liquor industry finally has something to celebrate after going through a revenue drought for more than a year. A report released by UBS Investment Research, part of the Swiss banking group, showed that the liquor sector bounced back in the last quarter of 2014 and the first three months of this […]

China is scaling back use of chemical fertilizers to cut cost and improve efficiency. Starting from this year, pilot fertilizer-reduction programs will include corn grown in the northeast and parts of north and central China, vegetables produced in north China’s greenhouses and apples grown in the northwest and Bohai Bay area, He Caiwen, an official […]

Georgia and China stand at the beginning of a new stage of relations where agriculture is the focus. Thanks to Chinese support, more than 30 greenhouses will be built in Marneuli – a town in the Kvemo Kartli region of southern Georgia. In addition, China will provide Georgia with irrigation/reclamation machinery worth $9 million USD. […]

COFCO Corp, China’s largest food company, is setting up a joint venture with sovereign wealth fund China Investment Corp, in preparation of a full listing for its recently acquired grain, oil and sugar assets. According to an agreement signed by the two parties on Thursday, COFCO will control 80.1 percent of the venture, to be […]

China will become Chile’s main importer of foodstuffs in a decade, Chilean ambassador to China Jorge Heine wrote in a Chilean newspaper Tuesday [12 May 2015]. Chile currently rivals the United States in exporting foodstuffs to China and “there aren’t too many markets in which Chile competes head to head with the United States,” said […]

The volume of beer produced in China decreased in 2014 for the first time in 24 years, falling by an annual 2.76% to 4.9 million kiloliters, according to the latest data from the country’s National Bureau of Statistics. In 2013, China’s beer production broke the 50 million-kiloliter mark to reach 50.62 million kiloliters, but in […]

When it came to curing ailments or improve skin care, the ancient Egyptians and Romans used to turn to donkey milk. In the West and parts of the Middle East, the nutritional and therapeutic power of this dairy product is well known. Now donkey milk is being developed as a consumer brand in China. “The […]

Durian farmers should further improve the quality of their fruit following its growing commercial export and stronger demand for the fruit. Federal Agricultural Marketing Authority (Fama) director-general Datuk Ahmad Ishak said the initiatives of the government and food manufacturers in diversifying the use of durian have attracted more lovers of the fruit especially in Asia. […]

Thailand has asked China to buy 200,000 tonnes of its rubber at a price higher than the current market price and it is being considered by China. The move is to encourage a price hike in the future and also help Thai farmers, said Thailand’s Commerce Ministry. The latest development came after a mission of […]

China will improve agricultural subsidy policies in an effort to deepen rural reform, promote agricultural modernization and increase peasants’ income, the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) announced Thursday [30 April 2015]. A total of 14 billion yuan ($2.3 billion) will be given directly to grain farmers. Another 20.4 billion yuan will go to farmers to promote […]

Rural e-commerce development will be a top focus this year, as China aims to foster a new growth pillar in the countryside, the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) said on Friday [8 May 2015]. E-commerce not only provides rural residents much easier access to products, but has also become an important channel for the sale of […]

An inspection of milk powder brands in China turned up 48 products with violations. Among those flagged, 44 were Chinese brands and four were imported brands, reports the Chinese-language Beijing Times. The China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) issued a “2014 infant formula milk powder inspection report,” listing the 48 flagged products. Leading Chinese brands, […]