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China Agricultural Newsletter - March 2019

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Laws, Regulations and Policies

China to expand opening-up in agriculture, mining, manufacturing, service sectors: official

 BEIJING, March 6 (Xinhua) - China will further expand opening-up in the agriculture, mining, manufacturing and service sectors, and allow wholly foreign funded enterprises to operate in more sectors, a senior official of the country's top economic planner said Wednesday.

China eyes multiple measures to improve foreign trade in 2019

 China will take an array of measures to support foreign trade this year amid increased uncertainty, a senior official said Monday.

Nation bans pigs from Vietnam over African swine fever

 China has banned the import of pigs, wild boars and related products from Vietnam to curb the spread of African swine fever (ASF), according to an announcement released by China's General Administration of Customs and Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs on Tuesday.

Hog slaughter operations being inspected nationwide

 China is zeroing in on its hog slaughter sector to crack down on substandard practices and strengthen testing for viruses, as part of its latest effort to control the spread of African swine fever, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs said recently.

Value-added tax reforms to improve market vitality

 Chinese authorities have unveiled detailed measures to implement value-added tax reform, a key step to boost market vitality and stabilize economic growth.

Negative list update opens doors wider

 China will continue to shorten the negative list this year to further improve its business environment for foreign investment as part of the country's efforts to open up its economy and pursue high-quality development, according to senior officials and experts.

China lifts French poultry import ban

 China lifted its ban on the import of poultry from France that had been in place since 2015. The ban was first implemented as a response to an outbreak of H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), and the removal of the trade ban is effective immediately, according to China’s General Customs

China suspends Canadian canola imports over pest concerns

 China customs has suspended the clearance of canola imports from Canadian company Richardson International Limited and relevant firms after harmful pests were discovered in their imports.

Industry and Business

Xi stresses implementation of rural revitalization strategy

 Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday called for more efforts to implement the rural revitalization strategy with the chief goal to modernize agriculture and rural areas.

Agriculture to be among China's development priorities in 2019

 The Government Work Report stated on Tuesday that the agricultural sector, especially crop production, will be among China's development priorities in 2019. 

China's farm produce prices continue to rise

 BEIJING, March 19 (Xinhua) -- Prices of farm produce in China continued to rise last week, official data showed Tuesday. The overall price for farm produce edged up 1.6 percent from March 11 to March 17, according to the Ministry of Commerce.

Rotating use of farmland will bring a harvest of new growth

 China announced that the area of farmland designated to cultivate different crops or lay fallow will increase to 2 million hectares this year, 25 percent more than last year, a move that experts said will help promote sustainable agriculture by giving the soil a break to recover from overuse and pollution.

China imports more major commodities in first two months

 BEIJING - China imported more major commodities in the first two months, data from the General Administration of Customs showed Friday.

China makes significant purchase of US corn

 Rumors that China would make a significant corn purchase finally panned out last Friday when the USDA announced an export sale of 300,000 metric tons to Chinese buyers. Chinese corn imports from the U.S. have dropped sharply over the past five years and a purchase this size during the trade war is a very good sign, according to the U.S. Grains Council. 

China's pig-raising industry set to get upgrade with AI

 As more internet companies make forays into the traditional pig-raising industry in China, the agricultural sector is poised to be revolutionized with artificial intelligence (AI)-driven technologies. This trend is being accelerated by the African Swine Fever (ASF) outbreak in the country.

As swine fever threat falls, most quarantines lifted

 China has lifted pig quarantines in most of the areas where outbreaks of African swine fever have been found, signaling a steady slowdown in the spread of the virus, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs said on Tuesday.

African swine fever to decimate China's 2019 pig population by 13% - report

 The toll that the African swine fever has taken on China is expected to result in the country’s total swine inventory in 2019 decreasing by 13% to 374 million head, according to a Global Agricultural Information Network (GAIN) report released by the US Department of Agriculture Foreign Agricultural Service (USDA-FAS).

ASF outbreak under control as 'extreme shortages' remain on hog market

 The hog supply in China remains unbalanced and will take a long time to recover, industry insiders said on Wednesday after authorities announced to lift the ban on the transporting hogs in 21 out of 28 mainland provinces that have experienced an outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF).

Unscrupulous greed taints pork products with virus

 In a news conference on Friday, the Ministry of Public Security said that police nationwide have so far prevented more than 140 tons of pork or pork products carrying African swine virus from entering the market and detained 90 criminal suspects in 32 criminal cases.

African swine fever virus successfully isolated in NE China

 A research institute in Northeast China’s Heilongjiang province said its researchers have successfully isolated an African swine fever virus, the first in China. This paves the way for the research and development of vaccines against the virus, which is deadly to pigs.

Interest in cheese among Chinese beginning to ferment

Cheese is set to become a new growth point for the dairy sector in China, fueled by the expansion of Western food and ongoing consumption upgrade trends in the country.

China pledges stricter management over chemicals

 China will strengthen the control and management of dangerous chemicals, and conduct risk assessment in all chemical industry parks to eliminate safety hazards, said a statement from the Work Safety Committee of the State Council.

China to crack down on counterfeit, substandard agricultural supplies

 China's procuratorates will launch a campaign against counterfeit and substandard agricultural supplies, according to the Supreme People's Procuratorate (SPP) on Tuesday.

More young farmers shop for agricultural materials online: report

 GUANGZHOU - China has more young farmers who prefer to buy agricultural materials online, according to a recent report released by e-commerce giant Alibaba.

China to accelerate green development of aquaculture industry

 China will promote the green development of its aquaculture industry and produce more eco-friendly aquatic products, according to the agricultural ministry.

Inner Mongolia enhances grassland protection

 Northern China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region has stepped up efforts to curb the ecological degradation of its vast grasslands, with the average vegetation coverage of its pastures remaining at 44 percent over the past three years.

Chinese dairy giant Yili inks conditional agreement with New Zealand's Westland

 China's Inner Mongolia Yili Industrial Group Company Limited signed a conditional agreement Monday with New Zealand's Westland Co-operative Dairy Company limited.

Chinese wine producer kicks off 1st harvest in Australia

 SYDNEY, March 8 (Xinhua) - A Chinese winery is in the midst of processing its first ever harvest in Australia's state of Victoria with around 25,000 tons of grapes soon to be crushed, bottled and sent back to China.


Market Price of Major Agricultural Products in Circulation, March 11-20, 2019




Current Price


Price Change over Previous Period

(March 1-10, 2019, CNY)

± Rate (%)

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