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China Agricultural Newsletter - January 2014

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Laws, Regulations and Policies

China's reform blueprint highlights quality, efficiency of economy

BEIJING, Jan. 9 (Xinhua) - After a series of key conferences on the economy last year, China's reform framework and crucial areas have been hammered out clearly.

China sets food security as top priority for 2014

The Chinese government has released the Number One Document setting the priorities for 2014 to improve the rural environment and maintain food security, said Xinhua News Agency.

China to increase subsidies to grain production

The Chinese government will extend greater support to agriculture, including more subsidies to major grain-growing regions, vice premier Wang Yang has said.

China to discard cotton, soy stockpiling in 2014

China will scrap its controversial scheme to stockpile cotton and soy in 2014. The country will also implement direct subsidies for farmers, which will be conducted at trial levels.

China discusses ban on seven active crop protection ingredients

China's Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) issued Announcement 2032 which bans or restricts seven active crop protection ingredients.

China eases inspection on US DDGs imports

China's quarantine authorities have accelerated testing on imports of distiller's dried grains (DDGs), relaxing checks on the corn by-product since cargoes from US were rejected for contamination of unapproved GMO strain, Reuters reported.

China vows "active, cautious" GMO food stance

An official has stressed China's "active and cautious" policy toward genetically modified (GMO) food, with the safety certificates for the country's GMO rice and corn expiring soon.

Quality watchdog gives imported food priority

Imported food and agricultural products will remain a top priority for supervision by the country's quality watchdog in 2014, a senior official said on Monday.

Industry and Business Watch

China's farm produce prices drop slightly

Farm produce prices in 36 major Chinese cities dropped slightly in the week ending Jan. 19 compared with the previous week, according to a Ministry of Commerce statement on Tuesday.

China vows self-sufficiency in grain production

China seeks self-reliance in staple production, including wheat and rice, following growth in domestic grain output over the past decade, a senior agricultural official said Wednesday.

Another bumper year 'possible'

China may see another bumper grain harvest this year if the country can enhance scientific input and improve the quality of its cultivated land, the agricultural authority said on Friday.

Polluted land to be withdrawn from production and restored

Arable land contaminated with heavy metals will be withdrawn from agricultural production, a senior Chinese agricultural official said yesterday.

China's high imports affect domestic grain production, prices

Due to rising imports, which are adding to near-record stock levels, China's domestic grain production and prices are badly affected, said Ren Zhengxiao, Chief of the State Grain Administration.

China's 'father of hybrid rice' defends GM food

A team led by Yuan Longping, China's "father of hybrid rice," has won a national award for progress in science and technology for his work on two-line hybrid rice technology.

Satisfying the growing appetites

China's hunger for protein food has pushed the country to import more foreign grain, ensuring supplies for its booming animal feed processing industry to produce enough meat, eggs and milk to satisfy its growing population.

China's 2013 soy imports hit record, up 8.6% on-year

In order to meet brisk domestic demand, China imported a record volume of 63.38 million tonnes of soy in 2013, a rise of 8.6% from the year before, according to preliminary data from the General Administration of Customs.

China's pork prices fall below cost for first time in 10 years

Despite the fact that China is in the peak season for pork consumption, which kicks off in December and runs through the Chinese New Year period, ample supplies and usually weak demand are pushing down pork prices to the lowest levels in 10 years, according to The China Perspective.

Shuanghui International considers dual-currency IPO in Hong Kong

With the acquisition of Smithfield Foods, Shuanghui International Holdings, which renamed itself as WH group Ltd, is considering denominating its pending US$5 billion Hong Kong initial public offering (IPO) in two currencies, in what would be the first dual-currency IPO in the city.

Establishment of integrated pig farm in China's Changling County on-going

An integrated project comprising of a commercial pig base with a capacity of two million pigs, a slaughtering plant with capacity of two million, feed mills with annual output of 650,000 tonns of feed, and a meat processing plant capable of processing 50,000 tonnes in Changling County, Jilin, China is well underway.

China becomes top buyer of Uruguayan meat

China has become Uruguay's main client for beef, followed by Nafta countries,(US, Canada and Mexico), according to the latest release from the country's National Meat Institute, INAC.

H7N9 found in South China poultry market

An environmental sample taken from a live poultry market in South China's Guangdong province has tested positive for H7N9 bird flu, the provincial health authority announced on Sunday.

Resurgent bird flu epidemic pains poultry industry

Live poultry traders in the eastern Chinese city of Hangzhou sighed in despair as business was halted Friday at the height of the Lunar New Year sales period due to the resurgent bird flu epidemic.

China's Broiler Alliance founded on January 8

The China Animal Agriculture Association (CAAA) established the National Poultry Industry Association CAAA Broiler Alliance during a CAAA conference held January 8 in Traders Upper East Hotel in Beijing. More than 50 leading poultry producers participated in the conference where the alliance was established.

Soaring prices and growing demand set to boost China's beef production

China is seeing a rise in beef prices due to growing demand in preparation for the Chinese New Year. However, farmers in the country's key production regions are struggling to increase cattle production scale.

China's high dairy demand continues in 2014

China's dairy purchases on world markets this year will have a further increase, according to Rabobank, however, analysts suggest a strong production season in both the Northern and Southern Hemisphere that should generate enough exportable supply to exceed additional needs in the first quarter of 2014.

China's Bright Food to buy Australian dairy firm Mundella

(Reuters) - China's Bright Food (Group) Co Ltd said it had agreed to buy Australian dairy company Mundella Foods through its Australian subsidiary, expanding the state-owned conglomerate's overseas reach and boosting its exposure to the growing dairy market.

Mengniu and WhiteWave acqwire Yashili subsidiary for US$62.29 million

Yashili International Holdings Ltd (Yashili) has agreed to sell 100% shares of its subsidiary Yashili (Zhengzhou) to Mengniu Investment and WhiteWave for RMB376.66 million (US$62.29 million), the latest movement in the consolidation of China's dairy industry.

China's COFCO pursues minority stake in Netherlands' Nidera

China National Cereals, Oils and Foodstuffs Corporation (COFCO) is offering to buy a minority stake in Dutch grain trader, Nidera, Wall Street Journal reported.

Wanda sets sights on hotel expansion overseas

Wanda Group will open eight to 10 hotels in major overseas cities in the next three to five years, a top executive of Wanda Hotels and Resorts said on Monday.

Overseas investment leads growth prospects

BEIJING, Jan. 12 (Xinhuanet) - Overseas investment is among the three main opportunities for China's economic growth in the coming decade, a leading economist said on Saturday.

Statistics

Average food prices in 50 cities January 11-20, 2014

Item

Specification/Unit

Current price

(RMB)

Percentage changes

as compared to last period

(%, January 1-10, 2014)

Rice

Japonica rice / kg

5.91

0.0

Flour

Strong flour / kg

5.47

-0.2

Flour

Standard wheat / kg

4.48

0.0

Soy products

Bean curd / kg

4.42

0.0

Peanut oil

5 Lin barrel bulk / litre

27.24

-0.3

Soyabean oil

5 Lin barrel bulk / litre

11.21

-0.3

Rape seed oil

Grade 1 in bulk / kg

14.03

0.0

Pork

Rump / kg

26.04

-1.1

Pork

Belly meat / kg

26.05

-0.8

Beef

Leg / kg

66.60

0.4

Mutton

Leg / kg

66.41

-0.1

Chicken

Frozen fresh chicken / kg

18.79

-0.3

Chicken

Breast / kg

20.72

0.1

Ducks

Frozen fresh duck / kg

16.46

0.3

Eggs

Fresh eggs in bulk / kg

10.05

-0.1

Source: China National Bureau of Statistics

Major meat retail price January 2014

 

Pork (Lean): 
                                                                      RMB1.00 yuan/kg 

Average Sales Price (Street markets & Supermarkets)
Var. Percent
A. 01/01/14-
01/10/14
B. 12/21/13-
12/31/13
C. 12/01/13-
12/10/13
D. 01/01/13-
01/10/13
(A-B)/B
(A-C)/C
(A-D)/D
30.48
30.52
30.52
31.06
-0.13%
-0.13%
-1.87%

 
Egg:
                                                                      RMB1.00 yuan/kg 

Average Sales Price (Street markets & Supermarkets)
Var. Percent
E. 01/01/14-
01/10/14
F. 12/21/13-
12/31/13
G. 12/01/13-
12/10/13
H. 01/01/13-
01/10/13
(E-F)/F
(E-G)/G
(E-H)/H
10.02
10.00
9.90
10.68
0.20%
1.21%
-6.18%

 
Chicken:        
                                                                              RMB1.00 yuan/kg 

Average Sales Price (Street markets & Supermarkets)
Var. Percent
I. 01/01/14-
01/10/14
J. 12/21/13-
12/31/13
K. 12/01/13-
12/10/13
L. 01/01/13-
01/10/13
(I-J)/J
(I-K)/K
(I-L)/L
18.08
18.07
18.20
19.10
0.05%
-0.66%
-5.34%

Source: China Animal Agriculture Association 
 
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