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China Agricultural Newsletter - October 2017

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Laws, Regulations and Policies

Changes weighed to help farmers keep land rights

 China will strengthen its protections of farmers’ rights and interests by extending the current round of rural land contracts for another 30 years, if a draft revision of the Rural Land Contracting Law is passed by the nation’s top legislature.

China sets goals for green agriculture

 BEIJING - China on Saturday released guidelines on green development in agriculture, setting goals for resource conservation and environmental protection.

China lifts ban on cheese imports

 UK cheese exporters have welcomed the decision by Chinese authorities to lift a ban on imports of soft cheeses, including British blue cheese stilton.

China to complete product quality traceability system by 2020

 BEIJING, Oct. 24 (Xinhua) - China will complete its product quality traceability system by 2020.A recent guideline, jointly issued by the Ministry of Commerce (MOC) and nine other central departments, said the traceability system would target key products, including farm produce, food, medicine, special equipment, dangerous materials and rare earth.

Govt to continue importing seeds, says ministry

 The government will continue to introduce seeds from abroad to improve supply of agricultural products in the country, the Ministry of Agriculture said on 13 October.

Draft e-commerce law highlights safe trade, consumer rights

 The latest draft law on e-commerce, submitted for the second reading on Tuesday, further clarifies liabilities of e-commerce operators and punishment over infringement of consumer rights.

Industry and Business

China set to see another bumper year for grain output

 China's Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) Monday estimated that the country's grain output will surpass 600 million tonnes in 2017, indicating another year of bumper harvest.

China lowers forecast for corn output, consumption to rise

 BEIJING - China on Thursday lowered forecasts for corn output to 210 million tons in the 2017/18 crop year, down 2.37 million tons from the predictions last month.

China's super hybrid rice output sets new record

 China has set a new world record in super hybrid rice output, north China's Hebei provincial government said Tuesday.

China develops new rice strain to avoid heavy metal pollution

 CHANGSHA - China has developed a new kind of rice free from cadmium pollution.The project led by Yuan Longping, known as China’s “Father of Hybrid Rice,” passed examination and evaluation by a panel from the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences and the Ministry of Agriculture on Sept 29.

US Beef Returns to Mainland China: The First 100 Days

 Mainland China’s beef imports have experienced exceptional growth recently, jumping from 61,300 metric tons (MTs) in 2012 to 579,800 MTs in 2016, and totaling more than 327,000 MTs during the first half of 2017.

American pork to go online in China via JD.com

 NEW YORK - The world's largest pork company WH Group Ltd said on Tuesday that its wholly-owned US subsidiary Smithfield Foods jointed hands with China's largest retailer JD.com to launch online sales of US produced pork in China.

Yogurt is top seller in dairy products

 Yogurt sales are expected to rise 18 percent this year in China from the same period a year ago to 122 billion yuan ($18.4 billion) and would for the first time overtake milk sales in the country, according to new data.

Higher milk, cream sales to China boost New Zealand exports: Statistics

 WELLINGTON - Record global butter prices and higher sales of milk and cream to China, boosted New Zealand's total exports in September, the country's statistics department Stats NZ said on Thursday.

Cotton-picking machines replace manual workers in Xinjiang

 URUMQI - Machines are replacing hundreds of thousands of migrant workers picking cotton in Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, the biggest cotton production base in the country.

China makes hefty investment in water conservancy projects

 BEIJING, Oct. 10 (Xinhua) - China has made hefty investment in water conservancy projects over the past five years, benefiting hundreds of millions of people in poor regions, a senior official said Tuesday.

China now world's most attractive wine market: exporters & professionals

 JINAN - China has become the most attractive wine exporting destination in the world, according to major wine exporters and professionals at a seminar concluded in East China's Shandong province Tuesday.

China's major sugar producer tackle pests with biological measure

 NANNING - Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, China's biggest producer of sugar, has reduced pesticide use by more than 30 metric tons since 2011 through biological pest control, local authorities said.

China becomes world's largest ice cream producer

 TIANJIN - China has overtaken the United States as the world's largest ice cream producer, according to statistics published at an industry expo in North China's Tianjin city.

2017 Symposium of Prevention and Control Strategies for Classical Swine Fever opens in Beijing

 The 2017 Symposium of Prevention and Control Strategies for Classical Swine Fever (CSF) was held in Beijing on 11-13 October 2017. Mr. Zhang Zhongqiu, State Chief Veterinary Officer and President of OIE Regional Commission for Asia, Far East and Oceania, and Mr. Vincent Martin, FAO Representative in China and DPR Korea, attended and addressed the symposium.

United Food to acquire majority stakes in China animal feed companies

 United Food Holding has solidified its presence in China by buying 80% stakes in three animal feed companies based in the country, the company announced in early October.

ADM opens premix plant in Zhangzhou, China

 Archer Daniels Midland Company has officially opened its new feed premix plant in Zhangzhou, Fujian, south China with a ribbon cutting ceremony in the plant.

Biggest Australia dairy maker said to draw Yili, Saputo bids

 Chinese dairy producer Inner Mongolia Yili Industrial Group Co is among bidders that made formal offers for Australia's Murray Goulburn Co-operative Co, in a deal that may value the farmer-owned firm at about A$1 billion ($779 million) including debt, people with knowledge of the matter said.

JD.com adds C2C business model

 China's e-commerce platform JD.com added the customer to customer, or C2C, business model to its online market on Wednesday.

Walmart to open more hypermarts

 Walmart, the world's largest retailer, is planning to open more compact hypermarkets in China with upgraded facilities, as it seeks to cater to the increasingly high-end and diversified demands of younger consumers.

Statistics

Average food prices in 50 citiesOctober11-20, 2017

 

Item

Specification/Unit

Current price

(RMB)

Percentage changes

as compared to last period

(%,October1-10, 2017)

Rice

Japonica rice / kg

6.40

0.0

Flour

Strong flour / kg

6.27

0.2

Flour

Standard wheat / kg

5.25

0.0

Soy products

Bean curd / kg

4.84

0.0

Peanut oil

5 Lin barrel bulk / litre

27.99

0.0

Soyabean oil

5 Lin barrel bulk /litre

9.90

0.2

Rape seed oil

Grade 1 in bulk / liter

14.02

0.5

Pork

Rump / kg

26.50

-0.5

Pork

Belly meat / kg

28.13

-0.4

Beef

Leg / kg

67.75

0.0

Mutton

Leg / kg

62.21

0.7

Chicken

Frozen fresh chicken / kg

22.62

0.0

Chicken

Breast / kg

20.37

-1.0

Ducks

Frozen fresh duck / kg

18.45

-0.2

Eggs

Fresh eggs in bulk / kg

10.08

-2.8

Source: China National Bureau of Statistics

Major meat retail priceOctober2017

 Pork (Lean):

RMB1.00 yuan/kg

Average Sales Price (Street markets & Supermarkets)

Var. Percent

A.       10/11/17-
10/20/17

B.       10/01/17-
10/10/17

C.       09/11/17-
09/20/17

D.       10/11/16-
10/20/16

(A-B)/B

(A-C)/C

(A-D)/D

31.36

31.36

31.32

34.18

0%

0.13%

-8.25%

 

Chicken:

RMB1.00 yuan/kg

Average Sales Price (Street markets & Supermarkets)

Var. Percent

E.        10/11/17-
10/20/17

F.        10/01/17-
10/10/17

G.       09/11/17-
09/20/17

H.       10/11/16-
10/20/16

(I-J)/J

(I-K)/K

(I-L)/L

20.16

20.10

20.02

19.60

0.30%

0.70%

2.86%

 

Egg:

RMB1.00 yuan/kg

Average Sales Price (Street markets & Supermarkets)

Var. Percent

I.         10/11/17-
10/20/17

J.         10/01/17-
10/10/17

K.       09/11/17-
09/20/17

L.        09/11/16-
09/20/16

(E-F)/F

(E-G)/G

(E-H)/H

9.88

10.10

10.66

9.38

-2.18%

-7.32%

5.33%

 

Source: China Animal Agriculture Association 

 
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