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  1. Arable land loss nearing danger point, say officials

    Posted Apr 14th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... is approaching the danger point at which China will not be able to feed itself. In a national land use survey released on Thursday, the Ministry of Land and Resources said the mainland's net loss ... acquisition of arable land by local governments remained rampant in 2006, with 603 sq km illicitly approved for non-agricultural purposes. The ministry also said the number of illegal land-grab cases ...

  2. Ministry gears up for cut in national grain outputs

    Posted Jul 16th 2011, 12:00am

    ... directly to supermarkets to avoid traders' mark-ups. The ministry also required governments of big and medium-sized cities to set aside their own land to grow vegetables to reduce ... Mandy Zuo mandy.zuo@scmp.com Despite a bumper summer harvest, the agriculture ministry does not expect grain output to grow this year because of the likelihood of further natural disasters ...

  3. Back to the land

    Posted Apr 18th 2008, 12:00am by Peter Kammerer

    ... wasteful of resources and environmentally damaging. They have robbed communities of food, income and skills. For a model, look to Israel. Within its 20,770 sq km are microcosms of most of the world's climates, from Mediterranean to desert. Despite severe strains on water resources, a sound agricultural policy, grounded in ingenious use of technology, ensures the 7.1 million people do ...

  4. Warning of ecological disaster over farmland pollution

    Posted Jul 19th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... said most of the polluted land was concentrated in developed areas and immediate action was needed to avert impending environmental disaster. Sepa and the Ministry of Land and Resources ... 1,300 sq km has been illegally turned into dumping sites. Together, these account for about one-tenth of China's total agricultural land, Zhou Shengxian, director of the State Environmental ...

  5. Mining companies brace for doubling of resources tax

    Posted Jun 15th 2007, 12:00am by Carol Chan, Eric Ng

    ... miners. The Ministry of Finance said in its budget report to the National People's Congress in March that it would implement a new tax for resources. Analysts said the time was ripe ... Eric Ng and Carol Chan Impact on earnings may be minimal due to low base Mainland authorities are believed to be preparing to double taxes on mineral resources as they strengthen efforts ...

  6. Railways probe is 'unprecedented'

    Posted Aug 12th 2011, 12:00am

    ... the ministry's deputies and is in charge of general administrative affairs, including human resources. Chen overseas the railway's operational records and monitors implementation of safety measures. ... Stephen Chen binglin.chen@scmp.com The investigation facing the Ministry of Railways is unprecedented, Chinese legal experts say- its representatives having been removed from the panel ...

  7. Cities are facing a sinking problem

    Posted Mar 12th 2012, 12:00am

    ... in recent years. Tao Qingfa, deputy director of the Ministry of Land and Resources' geological environment department, which conducted the survey, said on the ministry's website ... Chinese Academy of Engineering, said he saw too much ambition and too little practicality in the land ministry's plan. He doubted, for instance, whether it would be necessary or even possible ...

  8. Small mine operators to be removed in overhaul

    Posted Jan 20th 2007, 12:00am by Cary Huang

    ... central ministries, including the National Development and Reform Commission and the Ministry of Land and Resources, the China Securities Journal said yesterday. 'The campaign is aimed ... the exploitation of mineral resources,' the newspaper quoted an official from the Ministry of Land and Resources as saying. Thanks to the booming economy and the consequent price increases of mineral ...

  9. Pollution of water sources to be tackled

    Posted Aug 26th 2011, 12:00am

    ... and environmental challenges. Environmentalists said the plan was first drafted in 2006 by the ministries of environment and land and resources, but it failed to gain approval for years because of official ... mechanism. But Chinese media and environmentalists said the new plan may have underestimated the seriousness of the problem. An unnamed expert involved in the drafting of the plan cited Ministry ...

  10. Drought has Yangtze under siege

    Posted Jun 04th 2011, 12:00am

    ... and other areas with large ethnic populations. Resource exploitation, especially coal mining, in Inner Mongolia has led to land subsidence and water pollution, and forced herders off grassland. Li ... plan to dam a river connecting Poyang Lake to the Yangtze, Li said the ministry had not received an environmental assessment application from the local government. The annual environment ...




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