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The Sino-German Agricultural Centre (DCZ) is a joint initiative of the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of the People’s Republic of China (MARA).
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On July 25, 2018 the European Court of Justice decided that gene editing techniques including CRISPR-Cas9 developed after 2001 are subject to the same strict safety regulation with regard to genetically modified organisms. Chinese media have reported about the court verdict and quote undisclosed scientists and entrepreneurs, who call the decision a drawback rather than a breakthrough. The reports compared […]
Sino-German inter-governmental consultations: German agriculture minister Julia Klöckner meets her Chinese colleague Han Changfu
On July 8, newly appointed German agriculture minister Julia Klöckner met her Chinese colleague Han Changfu in Berlin. The two ministers agreed on closer cooperation in the field of research and rural development, as well as exchange in the field of digitalisation in agriculture and food industry. They agreed that the Chinese market will be opened for imports of German […]
On May 22, new EU rules on organic farming and labelling of organic products have been adopted. The new rules are designed to cope with fast growing global organic food market. Production rules are simplified and harmonized. The control system will be strengthened along the entire supply chain. Producers from third countries will have to comply with the same rules […]
The recent trade conflict between China and US, and China’s (later revoked) announcement to impose tariffs up to 178% on sorghum imports caused turmoil on the global grain markets. According to the US Institute for Agriculture & Trade Policy the announcement of such high tariffs did not come out of the blue but is based on an ongoing Chinese investigation […]
Around 90 participants joined us for the Launch Event of the 2nd Phase of the DCZ. The partners and experts from various agencies, research institutes and companies were addressed by Mr. Friedrich Wacker, Deputy Director-General for International Cooperation & Global Food Policy in the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL), and Mr. Tang Shengyao, Deputy Director-General of the […]
Corresponding to the efforts mentioned above to increase domestic soybean production in April a sharp drop by almost 14 percent in soybean imports due to VAT changes have been reported.
Amidst the trade conflict with the US, China is undertaking efforts to increase domestic soybean production. According to Reuters a recent document by the provincial government of Heilongjiang, one of China’s major grain producing regions, calls for an extra 5 million Mu (333,333 ha) to be planted with soybeans in 2018.
During this year’s Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA) under the motto “shaping the future of livestock – sustainably, responsibly, efficiently” and in the framework of the International Green Week (IGW), DCZ attended to a Chinese Delegation from the Foreign Economic Cooperation Center (FECC) of the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture, Director General Mr Yang Yi and European Division Head […]
The 20th Anniversary of the Sino-German Organic Agriculture Development Cooperation Project “Development of Biological Agriculture in Poverty Stricken Areas of the P.R. of China”, took place during October 22 to 23, 2017, in Yuexi County, Anhui Province. The event was part of the “Ecological Civilization Construction Forum” lecture tour in Anhui and Hubei Provinces, organized by the newspaper “China Environment […]
Phase 1 of the DCZ coming to an end Dear Friends, Supporters and Associates of the German-Chinese Agricultural Center (DCZ), The first phase of the DCZ is coming to an end on March 31st, 2018. The DCZ was inaugurated by the Chinese Minister of Agriculture, Han Changfu and the German Minister of Food and Agriculture, Christian Schmidt on 23rd of […]