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China Agricultural Newsletter - November 2017

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Laws, Regulations and Policies

China considers revising rural land contract law

 BEIJING, Oct. 31 (Xinhua) - China's top legislature is mulling a revision to the law on rural land contract.

China has announced import tariff quotas on fertilizers 2018

 At the end of October, the Ministry of Commerce of the People's Republic of China (MOC) announced officially the import tariff quotas on fertilizer for the year 2018. According to the announcement, the total quantity of imported fertilizer quotas is 13.65 million tonnes, shared by 3.30 million tonnes of urea, 6.90 million tonnes of monoammonium phosphate (MAP) and 3.45 million tonnes of compound fertilizers.

China to improve water conservation

 BEIJING, Nov. 3 (Xinhua) - China should do more to improve water conservancy and water resource saving, Premier Li Keqiang said Friday in a written message to a meeting.

China to cut tariffs on consumer goods

 China will further reduce tariffs on consumer goods, including food and infant formula, in the third cut since 2015.Effective next month, the average import tax on some food, health products, medicine, daily chemicals, clothing, footwear, and other products will drop to 7.7 percent from 17.3 percent, the Ministry of Finance (MOF) said Friday in an online statement.

Tax benefits to boost real economy

 Tax incentives will be expanded in China to reduce costs for agriculture-related and small-scale businesses, encouraging bank lending to support real economy development, according to a joint announcement on Monday by the Ministry of Finance and the State Administration of Taxation.

China drafts new rule to improve management of outbound investment

 BEIJING, Nov. 3 (Xinhua) - China's top economic planner Friday released a new draft rule to simplify administrative procedures and strengthen regulation on outbound investment by Chinese firms.

China's one-stop customs clearance facilitates international trade

 BEIJING, Nov. 29 (Xinhua) - Single-window customs clearance is now in place in the entire Chinese mainland, allowing companies to declare cargo and taxes with a single submission.

China's first-ever animal welfare standards passed by government

 Created jointly by the Chinese Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) Medical Branch together with more than 30 companies along the feed to food chain, China’s first-ever animal welfare standards have been passed by the National Animal Husbandry Standardization Committee.

Industry and Business

China acts to evaluate burden reduction measures for enterprises

 BEIJING, Nov. 1 (Xinhua) - The State Council, China's cabinet, has started a nationwide overhaul of measures to ease the corporate burden.

China widens access to financial markets for foreign investors

 BEIJING, Nov. 10 (Xinhua) - China has specified the measures that will ease or lift foreign investment restrictions in its financial markets.

Seed industry in China is prospering, despite facing challenges

 In the past decades, China’s seeds industry has been growing at a very fast pace and is likely to continue so in the future. After all, this industry will face new development opportunities but still overcoming challenges.

Interview: U.S. soybean export council optimistic about China-U.S. relationship

 CHICAGO, Nov. 8 (Xinhua) - The U.S. soybean industry is very optimistic about the future relationship with the Chinese soybean processing and utilization industries, a business official said in an email interview with Xinhua.

Brazil cuts into U.S. soybean market share in China

 Brazil is expected to win a larger share of China’s soybean imports in coming months, hitting U.S. exporters during the peak marketing season for their most valuable farm product as the world grapples with a fifth consecutive bumper crop.

UK set to export more pork products to China

 The UK is set to export more pork products to China as one of the country’s largest food producers has received official notification to start supplying pigs’ trotters to the Asian giant market following a successful inspection by Chinese authorities, AHDB Pork said. The approved firm was not identified.

China's falling pork imports pose great challenge to foremost supplier EU

 China’s falling imports could prove particularly challenging for the EU pork market, which supplies two thirds of China’s pork imports, the AHDB Pork said.

Beef exporters find their niche in China

 The country may be starting to beef up. By the end of September, US beef exports to China reached about a thousand metric tons for a total of $12.5 million since the export ban was lifted in May, according to the US Meat Export Federation.

Feature: China trade could be pioneer US beef producer's meat and drink

 OMAHA, the United States, Nov. 6 (Xinhua) - Though it is the home of U.S. billionaire investor Warren Buffett, Omaha was little known to Chinese a few months ago.But now this city in the midwestern Nebraska state is poised to become a household name in China since its Greater Omaha Packing company sent about 40 boxes of its products to China on June 14, soon days after the United States and China reached a deal to re-open Chinese markets for U.S. beef as part of their 100-day action plan to boost bilateral economic cooperation.

Cambodia's rice export to China up 59% in 10 months

 PHNOM PENH - Cambodia had exported 142,768 metric tons of milled rice to China in the first 10 months of 2017, a 59-percent rise over the same period last year, according to the latest report on Thursday.

China grows oil palms on trial plantation

 HAIKOU, Nov. 18 (Xinhua) - Chinese agricultural scientists have created a trial plantation of oil-producing palm trees in the country's southernmost island province of Hainan.

Chinese demand drives Aussie citrus industry boom

 CANBERRA - Australia's citrus fruit industry has experienced a boom on the back of high demand from China, a recent report by Citrus Australia revealed.

High-end sector to see more imports from US

 China's imports from the United States are likely to grow substantially in the high-end sector with scope for further cooperation in sectors such as aerospace and new energy research, a top expert said.

E-commerce boom highlights robust China consumption

 HANGZHOU, Nov. 12 (Xinhua) - The record sales at major Chinese e-commerce sites Saturday offer an insight into the robust domestic demand in the world's second-largest economy.

First China Int'l Import Expo to promote open world economy

 BEIJING, Nov. 2 (Xinhua) -- The first China International Import Expo will deepen economic globalization and promote an open world economy, the Ministry of Commerce said Thursday.

China discontented over U.S. ruling against Chinese hardwood plywood

 China's Ministry of Commerce (MOC) on Tuesday expressed strong discontent over a U.S. trade remedy ruling against hardwood plywood products imported from China.

USDA: Strong Domestic Demand and Declining Production Encourage Wood Imports in 2017

 China’s imports of wood products are forecast to continue increasing in 2017.  The increase is in response to a decline in domestic production despite a strong domestic demand.

China aims to curb irrational investment

 Enterprises violating overseas investment rules will be blacklisted and face 39 penalties imposed by the nation's top regulators as China takes further steps to curb irrational and unauthentic offshore investment moves.

Chinese, U.S. companies sign over 250 bln USD business deals

 Chinese and U.S. companies signed deals worth more than 250 billion U.S. dollars during President Donald Trump's state visit to China.

Clariant eyes expansion into China's growing biofuel market

 As China encourages the use of renewable energy for sustainable growth, it is creating a huge biofuel market that Swiss specialty chemical company Clariant does not want to miss out on.

Syngenta to step up agricultural sector investment

 Syngenta, the largest European producer of seeds and crop protection products, plans to deploy more resources and collaboration in China's agricultural sector to diversify its product portfolio and offer customized solutions over the next five years, according to senior executives.

COFCO International sells Nidera's seed business to Syngenta

 COFCO Corp, China's biggest foodstuff conglomerate by revenue, announced its overseas investment and management platform COFCO International has agreed to sell seed business of grain trader Nidera BV to agribusiness giant Syngenta AG on Monday.

Fuhua Group, Evonik Industries AG reach strategic partnership in China

 Chinses agrochemical company Fuhua Agricultural Science Investment Group and Evonik Industries AG have signed an agreement for strategic partnership on November 9, 2017, in Leshan, Sichuan. The agreement was signed by Zhang Hua, Chairman of Fuhua Group, and Claas-Jürgen Klasen, President of Evonik Asia Pacific North. 

Hershey seeks sweet spots in China market expansion

 U.S. confectionery company Hershey is seeking to boost sales by expanding its online business in the China market.

Alibaba, Auchan Retail, Ruentex form strategic alliance

 HANGZHOU, Nov. 23 (Xinhua) - Alibaba has formed an alliance with Auchan Retail and Ruentex Group to explore new opportunities in China's food retail sector.

China liquor brand Moutai looks overseas for sales

 China's top liquor brand Kweichow Moutai is eyeing larger overseas sales as it seeks to enter the overseas mainstream market.

Clariant eyes expansion into China's growing biofuel market

 BEIJING, Nov. 7 (Xinhua) - As China encourages the use of renewable energy for sustainable growth, it is creating a huge biofuel market that Swiss specialty chemical company Clariant does not want to miss out on.


Average food prices in 50 citiesNovember11-20, 2017




Current price


Percentage changes

as compared to last period

(%,November1-10, 2017)


Japonica rice / kg




Strong flour / kg




Standard wheat / kg



Soy products

Bean curd / kg



Peanut oil

5 Lin barrel bulk / litre



Soyabean oil

5 Lin barrel bulk /litre



Rape seed oil

Grade 1 in bulk / liter




Rump / kg




Belly meat / kg




Leg / kg




Leg / kg




Frozen fresh chicken / kg




Breast / kg




Frozen fresh duck / kg




Fresh eggs in bulk / kg



Source: China National Bureau of Statistics

Major meat retail priceNovember2017

 Pork (Lean):

RMB1.00 yuan/kg

Average Sales Price (Street markets & Supermarkets)

Var. Percent

A.       11/11/17-

B.       11/01/17-

C.       10/11/17-

D.       11/11/16-













RMB1.00 yuan/kg

Average Sales Price (Street markets & Supermarkets)

Var. Percent

E.        11/11/17-

F.        11/01/17-

G.       10/11/17-

H.       11/11/16-













RMB1.00 yuan/kg

Average Sales Price (Street markets & Supermarkets)

Var. Percent

I.         11/11/17-

J.         11/01/17-

K.       10/11/17-

L.        11/11/16-












Source: China Animal Agriculture Association