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 […]
Plans for a new restructured Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs Next week on March 20th, 2018, the 13th National People’s Congress will most likely approve the State Councils submission to restructure several ministries and commissions from the ground up. The Ministry of Agriculture shall become the new Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs and will gain overall importance. It will integrate responsibilities of the Ministry of Water Resources (farmland and […]
New “Document No.1” 2018 focuses on rural revitalization For the 14th year in a row, CPC Central Committee and the State Council have released “Document No. 1” on 5th February 2018. The policy document is a major indicator of priorities devoted to agriculture, farmers and rural areas. The document calls for the continuation of supply-side structural reform to further reform and develop the agricultural sector while at the […]