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China Agricultural Newsletter - January 2019

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Laws, Regulations and Policies

China to strengthen regulation on grain reserves in 2019

 China will strengthen the regulation on grain circulation and strategic reserves in 2019, aiming to promote the security of national grain and the ability to deal with emergencies.

Further opening on the agenda for five key areas of services

 China will release new catalogues in five key areas within trade in services soon to support the nation's second round of opening-up for this sector in 2019, commerce officials said.

China announces anti-dumping duties on chemical from Japan, India

 BEIJING, Jan. 22 (Xinhua) - China's Ministry of Commerce said Tuesday it has decided to impose anti-dumping duties on ortho dichlorobenzene (ODCB) imported from Japan and India as of Wednesday.

Chinese economic officials elaborate policies to boost growth

 BEIJING, Jan. 15 (Xinhua) - China's senior economic officials on Tuesday elaborated the country's policies to ensure sustained and healthy economic development.

Draft foreign investment law makes progress

 China came one step closer to finalizing the draft of a streamlined foreign investment law that would assure foreign companies of treatment that is fair and equal to that of domestic enterprises and promote the opening of the domestic market.

Industry and Business

China's farm produce prices remain stable

 Prices of farm produce in China remained stable in the week ending Jan. 13, according to the Ministry of Commerce. The price index for farm produce was flat with the previous week, while the index for production materials edged down 0.2 percent.

China's corn supply gap expected to expand

 China's Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs has projected a bigger supply gap of corn from October 2018 to September 2019 than a year earlier.

Soybean price stable despite tariff dispute

 The price of soybeans did not see big fluctuations last year, despite the drastic fall of imports from the United States following a tariff increase, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs said on Wednesday.

China buys 180,000 tonnes of US soybean as officials seek to reduce trade tensions

 China’s state-owned companies have acquired at least three cargoes of US soybean – which amounted to about 180,000 tonnes – on January 7, according to two traders with knowledge about the deal.  

China's imported soybean supply guaranteed this year: official

 China can guarantee the quantity of its soybean imports with steady market operations, while the acreage under soybean cultivation in the country is expected to be expanded in 2019, said an agricultural ministry official on Wednesday.

China's major grain-growing province pledges to secure food production capacity

 HARBIN, Jan. 16 (Xinhua) - China's Heilongjiang Province will continue its efforts in securing food production capacity and enhance its green food production, according to the province's government work report.

Chinese scientists succeed in developing clonal seeds from hybrid rice

 Chinese scientists have succeeded in developing clonal seeds from hybrid rice, said an online paper published in Nature Biotechnology Friday night.

Five GM products approved for import into mainland

 China approved five more genetically modified products for import, bringing the total number of approved GM products to 31.Usage will be limited to processing materials, such as edible oil and feed.

China's pork industry warned against cover-up of swine fever cases

 Any attempt by China’s pork industry to cover up cases of African swine fever is a crime, the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs said. 

Swine fever set to determine global price trends

 In the Year of the Pig, domestic pork sector may see imports rise. China is entering the Year of the Pig on an apt note - its huge pork industry is sending ripples across the global commodities' chain. 

Pork supply should be protected, official says

 With Spring Festival approaching, local authorities must take steps to ensure a sufficient supply of pork while maintaining their efforts against African swine fever, a senior agricultural official said.

China reports biggest pig farm to be hit by swine fever

 With the African swine fever outbreak in China showing little sign of abating, a large pig farm – which is owned by a Danish investment fund – becomes one of latest areas in the country to be hit by the disease. 

US, China negotiate for reopening of chicken exports to Chinese market

 The US and China’s trade officials are negotiating for the reopening of the Chinese market to US chicken exports, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

Smuggled frozen chicken feet confiscated in Yunnan

 KUNMING, Jan. 8 (Xinhua) - Police in southwest China's Yunnan Province have confiscated more than 30 tonnes of frozen chicken feet smuggled to China.

China's breadbasket province to reduce pesticide use

 HARBIN, Jan. 17 (Xinhua) - China's major grain-producing province Heilongjiang will reduce the use of chemical fertilizer, pesticide and herbicide on more farmland this year to protect its iconic black soil and boost food security.

Production resumes in China's major vegetable supplier

 Jinan – China’s major vegetable producer Shouguang city has resumed production after last summer’s Typhoon Rumbia, the local agricultural department said Tuesday.

Wide-ranging tariff reductions offer opportunities to cut costs, ensure growth

 China's new tariff cuts covering a wide range of items from aircraft engines to sunglasses and whisky, which became effective on Jan 1, will help both global and home companies save operating costs and maintain robust growth, said experts and business executives.

China to expand marketing channels of farm produce from poor areas

 BEIJING - China will expand marketing channels of agricultural goods produced in poor regions in a bid to help with the country's poverty eradication campaign, an official statement said Tuesday.

China becomes Chile's largest importer of agroforestry goods

 China ranked as the leading export market for Chile's agroforestry products in 2018, surpassing the United States for the first time, according to a government agency report released on Tuesday.

China's state grain stockpiler sees record inventory cut

 China's state grain stockpilerSinograin said Saturday that it had made breakthrough in inventory reduction last year, with record high sales of 132.73 million metric tons.

China Focus: Int'l retail giants go digital to woo consumers

 SHANGHAI, Jan. 13 (Xinhua) - As the 2019 Chinese Lunar New Year draws near, retail giants like Carrefour and Walmart have accelerated their pace of digitalization offering more shopper-friendly services to prepare for the shopping spree.

DSM and New Hope Liuhe Group sign strategic cooperation agreement

 The signing ceremony, held at the headquarters of New Hope Liuhe Group in Beijing, was presided over by Mr. Wang Jianmin, general manager of Feed Supply Chain Management Department of New Hope Liuhe and Ms. Liu Chang, Chairwoman of New Hope Liuhe. 

U.S. food manufacturer to establish pet food plant in Tianjin

 Mars Incorporated, a U.S. global manufacturer of confectionery, pet food and other food products, has recently signed an agreement to set up a pet food plant in north China's Tianjin, local authorities said Tuesday.

Walmart aims to grow online sales in China

 Walmart China will open its first perishable food distribution center in China and is making other efforts to grow online sales in the country.

Snack-makers look to move upmarket

 Leading Chinese snack firms are turning to high-end products, as a way not to become embroiled in a profit-hitting price war, or compete with imported products, and instead meet consumers' more adventurous demands.


Market Price of Major Agricultural Products in Circulation, January11-20, 2019




Current Price


Price Change over Previous Period

(January1-10, 2019, CNY)


Rice (Japonica Rice)





Wheat (Third-Class of National Standard)





Corn (Second-Class of Yellow Corn,)





Cotton (Ginned Cotton, Third-Class of White Cotton,)






Live Pig (External Triple Crossbreed)










Soybean Meal (Crude Protein Content≥43%)





Peanut (Oil Peanut)





Urea (Small Granule)





Compound Fertilizer (Compound Fertilizer of Potassium Sulfate)





Pesticide (Glyphosate, 95% Technical Material)





Source: China National Bureau of Statistics

Major meat retail price July 2018

 Pork (Lean):

 RMB1.00 yuan/kg

Average Sales Price (Street markets & Supermarkets)

Var. Percent

A.       07/21/18-

B.       07/11/18-

C.       06/21/18-

D.       07/21/17-













RMB1.00 yuan/kg

Average Sales Price (Street markets & Supermarkets)

Var. Percent

E.        07/21/18-

F.        07/11/18-

G.       06/21/18-

H.       07/21/17-













RMB1.00 yuan/kg

Average Sales Price (Street markets & Supermarkets)

Var. Percent

I.         07/21/18-

J.         07/11/18-

K.       06/21/18-

L.        07/21/17-












Source: China Animal Agriculture Association