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Agricultural Subsidy

European Union budget talks in deadlock as Britain threatens veto

German Chancellor Dr Angela Merkel and EU President Herman Van Rompuy (right) at a crucial meeting in Brussels. Photo: AFP

Talks on the European Union's trillion-euro budget ended in deadlock yesterday as leaders of the bloc's 27 member states failed to overcome seemingly irreconcilable differences on how to reduce spending.

"There is no agreement," said one official at the summit.

Saturday, 24 November, 2012, 4:48am

Needy may get aid to offset rising pork prices

The Ministry of Finance is considering a plan to give subsidies to low-income families and needy vocational and college students to help offset higher pork prices, Xinhua reported yesterday.

19 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Needs of desperate farmers being ignored, says professor

Policies widen gap between urban dwellers and rural poor, Jiangsu deputy warns

A Jiangsu deputy to the National People's Congress has attacked the central government for failing to support farmers by keeping crop prices low and tolerating increases in the price of pesticides and chemical fertilisers.

15 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Global pain may be China's gain as Doha hopes dashed

The militant Korean farmers who tried so hard to disrupt the Hong Kong meeting of the World Trade Organisation last December can breathe a sigh of relief.

Seven months on, the talks appear finally to have broken down without any outside interference, scuppered by the refusal of European and US negotiators to scrap their own agricultural subsidies and import tariffs.

28 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

New food strategy for 1.3 billion people

When World Trade Organisation ministers gather in Hong Kong late next year to negotiate new global trading rules, among those pushing hardest to liberalise farm trade will be the bureaucrats from Beijing.

17 Aug 2004 - 12:00am

Beijing moves to fast-track rural reforms

Beijing has called for the acceleration of rural reforms and will introduce direct payments to farmers in an attempt to tackle poverty and shore up social stability.

10 Jan 2003 - 12:00am

Grain subsidies last big hurdle

The worsening plight of millions of grain farmers has made agriculture the last major obstacle to China's entry to the World Trade Organisation.

The United States and the European Union are demanding that China reduce the level of subsidies to its farmers, while Beijing insists it be treated as a developing country and retain the right to give subsidies at current levels.

15 May 2001 - 12:00am