China Digest, December 31, 2012

Lanzhou has begun operations of its first rapid transit line, a type of service that uses dedicated lanes and other features to improve the efficiency and reliability of buses, the Lanzhou Morning Post reports.

Monday, 31 December, 2012, 6:11am

Let's take on the meat industry

Recently I watched a video called Farm to Fridge on the internet. The film is disturbing. It shows the workings of a slaughterhouse, where we see animals being slaughtered. A newborn pig undergoes sterilisation without anaesthesia - an extremely painful process. The video also shows a butcher killing a pig in a bloody manner.

4 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

A greener harvest

Past the high-rise office and apartment blocks of Gurgaon, a suburb of Delhi that has sprung up on what were recently bucolic fields, lie farmhouses. With their manicured lawns, high fences and spotless flash cars, few entertain any agricultural activities, however; most are spacious villas for rich city-dwellers who want to escape the commotion of India's capital.

4 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Seeds of change

Fung Chee-wah is nothing if not adaptable. After working as a construction materials supplier for more than a decade, he switched to raising poultry five years ago and has now made another leap into the unknown - growing organic mushrooms.

11 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Vegetable farms set to be registered

Scheme enables authorities to trace contaminated produce

All of the nearly 3,000 Hong Kong vegetable farms are expected to join a voluntary registration scheme in the next two months, according to an agriculture official.

30 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Overstocked farms on hit list after compensation reviewed

The Government is targeting overstocked farms under new licensing rules after reviewing its compensation policy to avoid potential abuse.

22 Apr 2002 - 12:00am

Farmers told of market opening

In its first explanation to its 900 million farmers of an agreement on agriculture signed with the United States on Saturday, Beijing yesterday told them opening the market was inevitable but that the country would never depend on imports and they should not be afraid.

14 Apr 1999 - 12:00am

Local chickens to cost 50pc more

Consumers will pay 50 per cent more for the first locally bred chickens to hit the market since the bird flu outbreak, farmers warned yesterday.

Only about 20 of the 80 chicken farms have been allowed to reopen since March and their first birds would go on sale in June, New Territories Chicken Breeders spokesman Kwok Ming-cheung said yesterday.

15 Apr 1998 - 12:00am

Regions ignore farming orders

SOME regions are refusing to follow government orders to support the agricultural sector, a central probe has revealed.

Many local authorities are investing too little in agriculture, and some are misusing agricultural funds.

6 Sep 1995 - 12:00am

Rethink on farming demanded

CHINA'S beleaguered farming sector has come under the scrutiny of delegates to the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC).

Delegates from provinces like Gansu, Liaoning, Jilin, Jiangxi and Guangxi said the Government had to quickly reform its agricultural policy or face a grain supply crisis.

13 Mar 1995 - 12:00am

Grain self-sufficiency bid

CHINA will not import more grain this year despite its falling production and unprecedented problems on the farms.

And the leadership has taken advantage of the convention of the National People's Congress (NPC) and the CPPCC to urge local leaders to toe the central line on 'putting agriculture as the key link'.

3 Mar 1995 - 12:00am

Anhui farms will be first to merge

ANHUI is likely to be the first province in China to resume collective farming.

The provincial leadership recently announced all farming households in the province should merge their plots when farm contracts expire this year, according to the China News Service yesterday.

1 Mar 1995 - 12:00am

Reforms to alter practices down on the farm

THE management of state-owned farms is undergoing reforms in three ways.

In an opening move to reform operation, the existing administrative body of a farm is abolished and government entities - such as county and rural governments - are set up to manage directly its executive and economic activities.

1 Aug 1994 - 12:00am

Province moves to protect farmland

COASTAL Fujian province is moving to resolve the conflict between diminishing farmland and the demand for land for economic development, official reports said.

The China News Service said excessive growth of development zones and building had drastically reduced the area available for farming. Last year alone 5,700 hectares were lost.

16 May 1994 - 12:00am

Alarm at fall in farmland area

CHINESE agricultural officials have rung alarm bells over the drastic drop in farmland in the country, according to the Hong Kong China News Agency.

Reviewing the state of agricultural development in the past few years, officials from the Ministry of Agriculture have told regions that the total area of farmland has already fallen dangerously low.

11 Dec 1993 - 12:00am