Farmers in China’s arid western regions have long regarded plastic film as a boon for business, but the environmental problems resulting from its use are prompting scientists to look for alternatives, as Gao Bo reports from Urumqi. For the past three decades, farmers in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region have been masters at using polyethylene […]

China has announced it will halt imports of whole salmon from northern Norway from next week due to its worries that viruses carried by the products could threaten the Asian country’s fish farming industry, an official document showed Thursday. Starting on March 23, imports of whole salmon with heads or viscera from Norway’s northern counties […]

Zhanjiang, a coastal city in western Guangdong province, is planning to expand its port handling capacity to meet the growing trade demand between the city and countries and regions along the ancient Maritime Silk Road, a senior government official said. “We will build the Zhanjiang port into a major international shipping center as several local […]

China’s loan for agriculture stood at 23.6 trillion yuan (3.84 trillion U.S. dollars) in 2014, up 13 percent year on year, according to a central bank’s report released on Wednesday [25 March 2015]. The volume took up 28.1 percent of the country’s year-round total loans, and its growth rate is 0.7 percentage point higher than […]

Tingyi Holding Corp, a leading food and beverage producer, has inked an agreement with global coffee chain Starbucks to manufacture and distribute the latter’s ready-to-drink products on the Chinese mainland. The move is expected to help the global coffee chain expand its footprint in China, especially in lower-tier cities, where the Seattle-based company does not […]

China’s Qingdao city customs uncovered soybean smuggling worth 5.46 billion yuan (S$1.18 billion) last year, in one of the biggest such cases in the country in years, a state-run newspaper reported. The official Legal Daily, in a report published on Monday [2 March 2015], said a trading company was suspected of smuggling soybeans after customs […]

Overview From 2000 to 2013, China’s paddy rice production increased from 188 million metric tons (MTs) to 204 million MTs while yields increased from 6.2 MTs per hectare (ha) to 6.6 MTs per ha In 2013, China had approved 96 varieties of super hybrid rice strains, with cultivation reportedly occurring on 4 million ha or […]

Chocolate retailers recorded a further jump in business in the week leading up to March 14, White Day. This is a commercial holiday observed in some Asian countries, when men are supposed to offer gifts to their sweethearts, one month after Valentine’s Day, when women gifted them chocolates. Chocolate sales in China are expected to […]

The Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA) of Mexico and the province of Henan, China, signed a Memorandum of Understanding establishing the launch of an air route between Guadalajara, Jalisco and Henan, for the export to China of Mexican food products…Full Article: Fresh Plaza Mar 2015 Key Points Mexico intends to […]

Commercial logging of natural forests in key zones will be stopped by 2020 as part of a slew of reform steps to promote ecological progress, Chinese authorities announced late Tuesday [17 March 2015]. State plantations are also asked to reduce harvesting from man-made forests for business purposes by 20 percent by 2020, the central government […]

“Huge amounts” of American beef are bypassing China’s import bans, a top US trade official said this week, even as the Chinese government cracks down on agricultural smuggling. The meat enters through Hong Kong, Deputy US Trade Representative Robert Holleyman said at the National Lieutenant Governors Association conference on Wednesday [18 March 2015]. US beef […]

Zimbabwe on Monday [16 March 2015] received 5,400 metric tonnes of rice worth more than 8 million US dollars from China to help alleviate food shortages in the country. Speaking at the hand-over ceremony, Public Service, Labor and Social Welfare Minister Prisca Mupfumira thanked China for the donation, saying it was a gesture that shows […]