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China Agricultural Newsletter - January 2015

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Laws, Regulations and Policies

China regulator to strengthen'grim'food, drug safety control

(Reuters) - Food and drug safety in China is "grim" and will get stronger oversight, the food and drug regulator said on Wednesday, after a series of scares last year hit the reputations of global firms such as McDonald's Corp and Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

China lifts price controls on 24 commodities, services

BEIJING -China will lift controls on prices of 24 commodities and services, said the NationalDevelopment and Reform Commission (NDRC) on Sunday.

Ministry unveils more steps to assist crisis-hit dairy farmers

The Ministry of Agriculture is launching a series of urgent measures to help dairy farmers whohave been suffering from plunging mikl prices.

China to boost grain stockpiles

BEIJING -China will continue to increase its grain capacity in 2015 in an effort to ensurefood security ,a top official said on Thursday.

China to boost potato cultivation

China is boosting potato acreage to transform the crop into the country's fourth staple food after rice, wheat and corn, said Yu Xinrong, vice minister of agriculture, at a seminar on Tuesday.

China to open markets to all apples from US

The agreement by China to sell all varieties of apples from the United States may increase US exports of the fruit by $100 million a year, said US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack in announcing the deal that ends about a 20-year effort by US growers to gain broader access to the world's second-most populous country.

Industry and Business Watch

China farm produce prices up slightly

China's farm produce prices in 36 large and medium-sized cities edged up slightly in the week ending Jan. 18 compared with the previous week, the Ministry of Commerce said Thursday.

China GM crop cultivation shrinks

China's genetically modified (GM) crop planting areas declined in 2014 amid heated discussions over safety concerns, a study revealed on Wednesday.

Grain imports bolster food supplies

China's grain imports surged strongly last year to more than 95 million metric tons, as the country took advantage of low international prices to meet rising national demand for food, according to a work report from the State Administration of Grain on Thursday.

China corn imports drop 20% to 2.6 million tones in 2014

China’s corn imports last year decreased by 20.4% to 2.6 million tones compared to the year before, while in December imports totaled 607,201 tonnes, down 26% from the same month in 2013, customs data showed. The lower figures were attributed to Beijing’s rejection of some 1.2 million tones of genetically modified Viptera corn shipped from the US last year.

Corn imports show steady growth

Corn imports by China, the world's second-biggest consumer, jumped in December as shipments from Ukraine surged from the previous month.

China soy imports reach record 8.5 million tones in December

China’s soy imports in December reached 8.53 million tones, setting a new record that exceeded the previous record in December 2013 by 16.8%. The figure was 41.5% higher than the month before.

Chinas interest in US sorghum leads to 19-year high export record

China’s demand for cheaper alternatives to corn for livestock feed has led to the largets US sorghum sales last month in nearly two decades.

China seizes 210,000 tonnes of smuggled rice

Chinese customs seized more than 210,000 tonnes of smuggled rice in 2014, worth 1.26 billion yuan (205 million U.S. dollars), an official said Saturday.

Truein Group announces joint venture to set up swine breeding company in the United States

On 5th January, Truein Group announced that the company is entering a joint venture with Tangrenshen, CP Group Livestock Investment (Beijing), Guangdong Wens Group and Whiteshire Hamroc LLC, to set up an “American International Swine Breeding Co., Ltd.” (tentative name).

Tianjin Port's first entry of Hungarian pork products

According to information released by the Tianjin Inspection and Quarantine Bureau, a local meat importer has successfully imported 25.68 tonnes of frozen prok knuckle from Hungary last Friday. This is Tianjin Port’s first entry of imported Hungarian pork products.

Northern Ireland pursues pork trade with China

Northern Ireland Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Michelle O’Neill met with representatives from the pork industry in the north to discuss securing approval to export pork to China.

Finland to export pork to China

HELSINKI, Jan. 16 (Xinhua) - The Finnish meat industry is authorized to export pork to China, the country's Agriculture Ministry confirmed on Friday.

China bans US poultry, eggs imports amid avian flu fears

China has banned all imports of US poultry, poultry products and eggs amid recent reports of highly pathogenic strains of avian influenza found in the Pacific Northwest, the US Department of Agriculture said Monday.

Doubts and worries over China's restriction on live poultry trade

Chinese authorities are taking measures to restrict live poultry trade in a bid to curb H7N9 avian flu, but there are doubts and worries about how it will effect the industry.

Thousands of Australian sheep fly to China

Australia's live sheep exports in the first ten months of 2014 totaled 1,947,000 head, worth A$202 million, according to data from Meat & Livestock Australia. China accounted for only a very small part while Kuwait and Qatar took the largest share, with 663,004 head and 489,250 head shipped.

China animal feed market expected to grow 16 percent by 2019

A new report from TechSci Research, “China Animal Feed Market Forecast & Opportunities, 2019,” says China’s animal feed market is growing rapidly due to increasing demand for meat and meat products, especially pork. According to the report, China's animal feed market is expected to see a CAGR of more than 16 percent from 2014 to 2019.

Dairy milk problem clarified

The issue of dairy farmers having difficulty in selling their milk in some regions of the country is not necessarily due to imports of dairy products, Shen Danyang, spokesperson for the Ministry of Commerce, said at a news conference in Beijing on Wednesday.

China oks Fonterra investment in dairy maker Beingmate

China's Ministry of Commerce has approved global dairy cooperative Fonterra's bid to buy a 20 percent stake in Beingmate, the Chinese dairy giant said Friday.

China imported 884,000 tonnes of milk powder from January to November last year

According to statistics released by the Chinese customs, China has imported a total of 884,000 tonnes of milk powder from January to November last year, an increase of 20.25% year-on-year. The imports amounted to US$4.312 billion, an increase of 44.09% year-on-year.

Chinese food companies find room to grow in Australia, NZ

Free trade pacts offer favorable policies for expansion, investment as appetite for higher-protein food grows. Companies based in China are investing in Australia and New Zealand's agricultural sectors as they pursue a larger foothold in these lucrative markets through favorable policies offered by bilateral free trade agreements.

JD.com to tap rural market with 500 service centers

JD.com Inc, China's largest online direct-sales company, is expected to open 500 brick-and-mortar service centers in underdeveloped counties in the year 2015, aiming to tap the potential of e-commerce in rural regions.

China agrees to allow imports of all U.S. apples: USDA

WASHINGTON, Jan. 26 (Xinhua) -- China has reached an agreement with the United States to allow all U.S. grown apples to enter Chinese market, announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Monday.

China 2014 outbound investment tops 100 bln USD

BEIJING, Jan. 16 (Xinhua) - China's outbound investment reached 102.9 billion U.S. dollars in 2014, smashing through the 100-billion mark for the first time, Vice Commerce Minister Zhong Shan revealed on Friday.

Statistics

Average food prices in 50 cities January 11-20, 2015

Item

Specification/Unit

Current price

(RMB)

Percentage changes

as compared to last period

(%, January 1-10, 2015)

Rice

Japonica rice / kg

6.10

0.0

Flour

Strong flour / kg

5.97

0.3

Flour

Standard wheat / kg

4.77

0.2

Soy products

Bean curd / kg

4.56

0.7

Peanut oil

5 Lin barrel bulk / litre

27.13

0.3

Soyabean oil

5 Lin barrel bulk / litre

10.25

-0.6

Rape seed oil

Grade 1 in bulk / kg

13.56

-0.4

Pork

Rump / kg

24.52

-0.6

Pork

Belly meat / kg

24.73

-0.7

Beef

Leg / kg

67.55

0.1

Mutton

Leg / kg

65.02

-0.4

Chicken

Frozen fresh chicken / kg

20.99

 0.1

Chicken

Breast / kg

21.23

-0.1

Ducks

Frozen fresh duck / kg

17.88

-0.3

Eggs

Fresh eggs in bulk / kg

11.03

-1.6

Source: China National Bureau of Statistics

Major meat retail price January 2015

Pork (Lean):
RMB1.00 yuan/kg
Average Sales Price (Street markets & Supermarkets)
Var. Percent
A.01/11/15-
01/20/15
B.01/01/15-
01/10/15
C.12/11/14-
12/20/14
D.01/11/14-
01/20/14
(A-B)/B
(A-C)/C
(A-D)/D
28.64
28.76
29.02
30.20
-0.42%
-1.31%
-5.17%
Egg:
RMB1.00 yuan/kg
Average Sales Price (Street markets & Supermarkets)
Var. Percent
E.01/11/15-
01/20/15
F.01/01/15-
01/10/15
G.12/11/14-
12/20/14
H.01/11/14-
01//20/14
(E-F)/F
(E-G)/G
(E-H)/H
10.98
11.22
11.64
10.08
-2.14%
-5.67%
8.93%
Chicken:
                                                               RMB1.00 yuan/kg
Average Sales Price (Street markets & Supermarkets)
Var. Percent
I.01/11/15-
01/20/15
J.01/01/15-
0/10/15
K.11/11/14-
12/20/14
L.01/11/14-
01/20/14
(I-J)/J
(I-K)/K
(I-L)/L
19.44
19.52
19.54
18.14
-0.41%
-0.51%
7.17%
Source: China Animal Agriculture Association

 
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