China’s lifting of a ban on imports of a genetically modified strain of corn is welcome news in the agricultural community, but the effect on China’s agricultural trade will still be muted by domestic surpluses, according to two analysts. Shawn McCambridge, a senior grains analyst at Jefferies Bache Commodities in Chicago, said the lifting of […]

China has officially approved imports of a genetically modified (GM) Bayer CropScience Ltd soybean variety after seven years of review, Bayer said on Friday [19 December 2014], raising expectations that approval notices could come soon for other biotech crops. Bayer received an import certificate from China, the world’s top soybean importer, for its LL55 Liberty […]

Giant African snails happily munch on vegetables in south China, one bite from a red fire ant from Latin America causes humans to slip in to a coma and the ecosystem in northwest China is under threat from invasive trees from Central Asia. As China grapples to cope with the adverse affects of an influx […]

Six pairs of Chinese and Cambodian firms signed off on a half-dozen business deals over the past two days in Phnom Penh worth more than $1.5 billion, the bulk of it for a five-year stone crushing project. “Some Chinese companies signed business deals to buy products from Cambodian companies, while some signed deals to sell […]

Global food giant Nestle opened its first coffee center on Friday [11 December 2014] in southwest China’s Yunnan Province, which will train local farmers and boost coffee consumption in a nation of tea lovers. The center, located in Pu’er City, is expected to be the largest training base in China for coffee farmers, agronomists and […]

The world biggest coffee chain, Starbucks Corp, plans to increase its network in China to 3,400 stores over the next five years, which could pose challenges for small, independent coffee stores, industry sources said. The United States-based coffee chain said on Dec 4 at an investors’ meeting at its headquarters that its operations in China […]

A trial involving 21 aquaculture farmers demanding compensation from ConocoPhillips China and the China National Offshore Oil Corp (CNOOC) over an oil spill in 2011 began Tuesday [9 December 2014]. The sea cucumber farmers from Leting County of Hebei province demanded a compensation of 148 million yuan ($23.9 million) to cover their economic losses and […]

Farmers have been urged to learn technological farming practices from Chinese experts in order to boost their productivity and improve their livelihoods. The call was made on Wednesday during a day-long field visit at the China-Rwanda Agriculture Technology Demonstration Centre (C-RATDC) in Rubona, Huye District. The centre, run by Chinese agriculture experts through a bilateral […]

China aims to boost yields of a “super corn” through research on inbred corn lines, according to the research team. The “super corn,” coded “Denghai 618,” was cultivated by Li Denghai, a well-known corn breeder in east China’s Shandong Province. Its yield hit a record high of 1,335.8 kg per mu (15 mu is equal […]

After several years of trainings and preparation, from the start of the 2014-2015 purchasing year, Nestlé will only purchase coffee beans that have passed the 4C verification in Yunnan. In order to assist Yunnan coffee planting conforms to international coffee industry trends, and to help coffee growers comply with international standards, under the support of […]

Severe soil contamination threatens agricultural safety in some parts of China, the Economic Information Daily reports, citing experts at the 4th China Forum on Environmental Remediation Development Strategy. Some areas face heavy soil contamination, especially where heavy polluting enterprises, derelict industrial land, industrial parks, centralized disposal sites for solid waste, oil producing regions, mining areas, […]

China’s Zhengzhou commodity exchange will launch evening trading from Friday for products including cotton, sugar and rapemeal, potentially increasing liquidity to the market and opening up arbitrage opportunities for traders. The new trading hours, from 9 pm until 11:30 pm, will begin on Friday, said a statement from the exchange. The extended hours mean traders […]

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