October 31, 2008
China - Update on recent industry developments (week ended Oct 30, 2008)
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Syngenta opens crop research center in Beijing
Swiss biotech group Syngenta AG has opened a crop research facility in Beijing and the center, known as Syngenta Biotechnology (China) Co Ltd, will focus on improving yields and drought resistance of crops like corn and soy, as well as on bio-fuel processes. Syngenta plans to invest US$65 million in the new center over the next five years.
Heilongjiang expects 40 million tonnes of grain output in 2008
Heilongjiang is making every effort to increase the output of grains to more than 40 million tonnes in 2008 in attempt to increase peasants' net income by over 7 percent, in line with a plan the provincial government made at the beginning of this year.
Sown area of cereal crops in the province reached 164.82 million mu this year, adding 2.51 million mu over the previous year and accounting for 90.9 percent of total crops. The province started to harvest from September 20, which is about five days ahead of the previous year. Stimulated by the preferential policies by the Chinese central government and the provincial government, the output of grains in the northeast province has increased since 2004.
Jilin's grain export down 41.3 percent from January to September 2008
The export of grains in Northeast China's Jilin Province fell 41.3 percent in the first nine months of 2008 and faces pressure in grains export as there is modification to the country grains export policy putting restriction on domestic grains export this year. The local grains export has almost stagnated since the start of April. In order to ensure steady grains export by the province, support will be asked for from the Chinese central government to provide more relaxed policy for the major grains production province.
Hong Kong discovers eggs from Hubei and Dalian contain excessive melamine
Hong Kong authorities have detected eggs from Dalian-based Hanwei, one of China's top egg producers, to contain 4.7 ppm levels of melamine, nearly twice the legal limit. Authorities in Hong also discovered eggs from Hubei containing 2.9 ppm of melamine, exceeding the limit of 2.5 ppm. The unsatisfactory samples are taken from a restaurant in Hubei and it has been issued a warning letter and a halt to the use and sale of sub-standard products. The public has also been notified and advised to stop consumption of related foods.
Henan to produce 53.7 million tonnes of grains in 2008
Henan is expected to produce 53.7 million tonnes of grain in 2008, rising 1.25 million tonnes, or 2.4 percent, from a year ago and if this is achieved, Henan will see its grain output surpass 50 million tonnes for 3 consecutive years and refresh records for 5 straight years. Henan is estimated to harvest 23.1 million tonnes of autumn grains, an all-time high, increasing 585,000 tonnes, or 2.6 percent on-year due to increasing sown area, strong technical support, beneficial weather and strong management.
Aquaculture activities help farmers net RMB 1.6 million in Wuping, Fujian
Since the beginning of this year, output value of specialised aquaculture activities in Wuping county in Fujian province totaled RMB3.5 million and this helped aqua farmers fetch an income of RMB1.6 million. Last year, the county earned more than US$170,000 after 200,000 channel catfishes, which were farmed for a year, were exported to the US. This year, the county invested RMB130,000 in the import of red tilapia and other unique varieties of fishes to be distributed to farmers in 32 fisheries, each of 25.33 hectares.