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China Agricultural Newsletter - August 2017

The China Agricultural Update is provided by the Iowa Economic Development Authority's (IEDA) office in China, which is operated by Phoenix Consulting LLC. Ms. Wendy Zhang, IEDA'strade specialist in the China office, can provide customized market research information for your company. For more information on how to utilize the services offered by IEDA's Beijing Office, please contact Mr. Joseph Rude at joseph.rude@iowa.gov.

Laws, Regulations and Policies

China allocates funds to develop eco-agriculture

 China has earmarked 605 million yuan (around 90 million U.S. dollars) from the central budget to bolster eco-agriculture.

China releases guideline to raise logistics sector efficiency

 BEIJING - The State Council, China's cabinet, on Thursday released a guideline for reducing the cost and raising the efficiency of the logistics sector.

China to promote financing guarantee for small firms, rural sector

 BEIJING, Aug. 21 (Xinhua) - China will boost financing guarantee services for small and micro businesses and the rural sector, according to rules released by the cabinet Monday.

State Council issues guideline on overseas investment

 The State Council has released a guideline to promote healthy growth of overseas investment and prevent risks.

Action plan to phase out waste imports

 The State Council has approved an action plan to ban trash imports and reform the solid waste import management system to protect the environment and improve people’s health.

Industry and Business

China's early rice yield drops

 China produced less rice in the first harvest period of the year compared to 2016 due to decreases in planting area and yield, official data showed

China and Scotland to build L3 million potato laboratory

 Scottish potato experts have joined forces with China's potato processor Xisen Potato Industry Group to create a 3 million-pound ($3.87 million) potato research facility in Shandong Province.

980 American pigs settle in China

 After being kept in quarantine for 45 days, 980 out of 1,012 breeding hogs imported from the United States were allowed to leave the isolation field in central China's Hunan Province for farms across China.

Chinese pork imports on slowdown, drastically decline in Q2

 After more than doubling year-on-year to 1.6 million tonnes in 2016, China’s pork imports have started to slow down. They fell by around one third on a year earlier in the second quarter this year, which is the first time since the end of 2014 that quarterly imports have not increased on the year, according to AHDB Pork.

China's appetite a boost for UK pig farmers

 British farmers will soon benefit from a major export deal with China as the United Kingdom's pork industry taps into growing demand in China for British produce.

Russia hopes to ship poultry, pork to China yet in 2017

 Russia plans to start exporting poultry and pork to China before the end of 2017, Russian Deputy Minister of Agriculture Evgeny Gromyko said.

New Hope expands hog herd despite pork supply glut, weak prices

 New Hope Liuhe Co Ltd has announced its increased the size of its hog herd this year, in the face of excessive supplies and prices down at two-year lows, Reuters reported.

China probes into anti-dumping complaints against Brazil broiler imports

 China said it is launching an anti-dumping investigation into broiler products imported from Brazil, following complaints from the domestic industry that the South American country has been selling its chicken below market value.

Hong Kong food safety authority follows up on Dutch eggs found with pesticide

 HONG KONG, Aug. 4 (Xinhua) - Hong Kong's food safety authority said Friday that it has found two samples of eggs imported from the Netherlands containing a pesticide at levels exceeding the local legal limit.

Belarus plans to start exporting poultry to China

 Belarus intends to start shipping poultry to China by the summer of 2018, Belarus Agriculture and Food Ministry leader Aleksei Bogdanov said.

Cargill collaborated with Chinese veterinary institute on guide book

 Cargill’s Animal Protein business is working with the China Institute of Veterinary Drugs Control (IVDC) and China Agriculture Press on a Veterinary Drugs Guide Book intended to reduce the use of antibiotics in China’s broiler industry.

Chinese animal vaccine firm Jinyu Bio-technology opens in Kansas

 China’s largest animal vaccine company, Jinyu Bio-technology Co., Ltd, is set to open its first US facility – a research lab and offices – in the Kansas State University Office Park, which is the world’s largest concentration of animal health companies and located at the north side of the Manhattan, Kansas, campus, China Daily USA reported.

China's growing appetite for lobster hiking up global prices

 Strong demand for lobster in China has pushed prices of the product up, according to Globefish, the analytical and informational arm on world fish trade of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization.

China to launch cotton yarn futures

 BEIJING, Aug. 4 (Xinhua) - China will soon launch a new commodity futures contract as the country pushes for development of its commodity derivatives market.

China's green food companies exceed 10,000

 HOHHOT - China has more than 10,000 accredited green food companies producing more than 26,000 types of products, latest statistics showed.

Instant noodles market cools off

 The increased popularity of take-out food and increased health consciousness among Chinese consumers have triggered a sharp decline in demand for instant noodles, pressuring major players in the field to enrich their cash flows by selling assets.

Ukraine seeks greater presence in China's agro products market

 KIEV - Ukraine is interested in expanding the presence of its agricultural producers in the Chinese market, Ukraine's State Service for Food Safety and Consumer Protection said on Tuesday.

Australian wine fizzes with demand from Chinese mainland

 CANBERRA - Stronger demand for premium Australian wine in China has contributed to a 10 percent increase in Australia's overall wine export value, according to Wine Australia's export report released late last month.

Aussie mozzarella cheese to be exported to China for first time

 MELBOURNE - Australian mozzarella cheese from Victoria will be exported to China for the first time, it was announced on Tuesday.

Online retailer plans to roll out larger delivery drones

 XI'AN, Aug. 30 (Xinhua) - Chinese online retailer JD.com plans to roll out a drone that can carry packages weighing as much as 200 kilograms for long-distance deliveries.

UK pet food maker takes bite out of growing market

 The Chinese pet-care industry is one of the world's fastest-growing and a United Kingdom company that specializes in fish-based animal food is targeting the nation's rapidly expanding middle-class, and its love for pets.

Chinese-invested New Zealand milk plant on track for 2018 operation

 WELLINGTON - Mataura Valley Milk, one of New Zealand's major milk processing plant with a 72 percent stake held by State-owned China Animal Husbandry, is gearing up for production to begin in August 2018.

Statistics

Average food prices in 50 citiesAugust11-20, 2017

 

Item

Specification/Unit

Current price

(RMB)

Percentage changes

as compared to last period

(%,August1-10, 2017)

Rice

Japonica rice / kg

6.39

0.2

Flour

Strong flour / kg

6.37

-0.2

Flour

Standard wheat / kg

5.23

0.4

Soy products

Bean curd / kg

4.83

0.0

Peanut oil

5 Lin barrel bulk / litre

28.00

0.1

Soyabean oil

5 Lin barrel bulk /litre

9.88

0.4

Rape seed oil

Grade 1 in bulk / liter

13.95

-0.3

Pork

Rump / kg

26.35

0.2

Pork

Belly meat / kg

27.89

0.2

Beef

Leg / kg

66.98

-0.1

Mutton

Leg / kg

59.09

0.7

Chicken

Frozen fresh chicken / kg

21.91

0.9

Chicken

Breast / kg

20.13

1.0

Ducks

Frozen fresh duck / kg

17.84

1.0

Eggs

Fresh eggs in bulk / kg

10.21

9.0

Source: China National Bureau of Statistics

Major meat retail priceAugust2017

 Pork (Lean):

RMB1.00 yuan/kg

Average Sales Price (Street markets & Supermarkets)

Var. Percent

A.       08/11/17-
08/20/17

B.       08/01/17-
08/10/17

C.       07/11/17-
07/20/17

D.       08/11/16-
08/20/16

(A-B)/B

(A-C)/C

(A-D)/D

31.18

31.04

31.06

34.66

0.45%

0.39%

-10.04%

 

Egg:

RMB1.00 yuan/kg

Average Sales Price (Street markets & Supermarkets)

Var. Percent

E.        08/11/17-
08/20/17

F.        08/01/17-
08/10/17

G.       07/11/17-
07/20/17

H.       08/11/16-
08/20/16

(E-F)/F

(E-G)/G

(E-H)/H

9.64

8.74

8.10

8.82

10.30%

19.01%

9.30%

 

Chicken:

RMB1.00 yuan/kg

Average Sales Price (Street markets & Supermarkets)

Var. Percent

I.         07/11/17-
07/20/17

J.         07/01/17-
07/10/17

K.       06/11/17-
06/20/17

L.        07/11/16-
07/20/16

(I-J)/J

(I-K)/K

(I-L)/L

19.14

19.16

19.14

19.82

-0.10%

0.00%

-3.43%

 

Source: China Animal Agriculture Association 

 
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