Chinese businessmen slow to exploit potential for farming in Africa

Jin Jianzheng in his Chinese cabbage field in Khartoum.

The Chinese government has long encouraged businesses to invest in agriculture abroad, and Xi Jinping's first foreign trip as president in the past week involved visits to three African countries.

Sunday, 31 March, 2013, 6:06am 2 comments

Veterinary surgeon shortage 'poses threat to public health'

Dr Jane Gray, chief veterinary surgeon for the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA). Photo: David Wong

A "shameful" shortage of care experts on farms due to Hong Kong's lack of training schools may lead to a rise in animal-related diseases, experts say.

27 Dec 2012 - 7:07am 3 comments

Life's good up on the farm

Most people who choose to go back to the land have to leave the city far behind - but for former independent film producer Chang Wen, becoming a farmer was simply a case of wandering upstairs.

29 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Urban-rural divide to narrow this year

The income gap between the mainland's rural and urban residents is expected to continue narrowing slightly this year after reaching its widest point in recent years, a government think tank said yesterday.

19 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Xi gets hands dirty on Iowa farm

China and the United States have signed a five-year deal to guide discussions on the security and safety of food, and sustainable agriculture at a symposium in Iowa, as Vice-President Xi Jinping wrapped up his visit to the US state.

18 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Chinese buy own piece of England

Chinese investors are buying British farmland. Though the sums involved are modest compared to the billions they spend on agricultural land in Africa, Latin America, and the United States, they are expected to grow.

18 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Growing enjoyment of hobby farming

Don't be surprised if one of your friends invites you home for dinner and serves you home-grown vegetables.

It might not seem possible for urban Hongkongers to grow their own food, but hobby farming is becoming a trend.

14 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Loopholes let greedy officials develop farmland

Farmers across the mainland are being moved to high-density apartment complexes by local governments keen to maximise the commercial potential of their land.

Ironically, two policies intended to benefit farmers and prevent the area of farmland from dwindling have provided loopholes for local officials to do so.

7 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Villagers forced to move for rail link fear they won't be able to build new homes

Lam Fu-cheong has worked growing vegetables, flowers and fruit on his parents' land since he was eight but has never had to wonder until now whether he was a genuine farmer.

9 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Log on and veg out

When office workers and students turn on their computers, the first thing millions of them now log on to is online mini-game Happy Farm.

The free-of-charge simulation game has been a huge hit in Hong Kong and on the mainland since it was first launched on social networking websites last year.

13 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

'Why can urban residents own their property, but not us?'

For many farmers, selling their land seems an impossible dream.

'If I have ownership of my own land, I will sell it if someone offers me 500,000 yuan (HK$562,788) because I earn so little from it,' said Guo Shengjun , a 46-year-old farmer from Sui county, under Shangqiu in Henan province , referring to his half-hectare of farmland.

3 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

China's Australian farm plan doesn't hold water

The average Australian farmer has had it tough in recent decades. What scientists describe as a one-in-1,000-year drought has driven many off the land and, for those who remain, the long-term prospect of less rain because of climate change appears to herald a decidedly gloomy future.

5 May 2008 - 12:00am

Beijing rejects farmers' call for land privatisation rights

A top mainland agricultural policymaker has rejected an appeal by some farmers for the right to privatise farmland, saying land seized illegally by officials should be returned to its collective owner, not individuals.

1 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Alarm bells ringing over farmers' woes

The top leadership again rang the alarm bell about threats to grain security yesterday, calling for a consistent focus to be put on rural and agricultural development.

19 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Putting a sustainable spin on the agricultural revolution

A scientific approach borrowing from western methods is transforming how farmers use land in a corner of Jiangsu

The agricultural revolution is not only about shouting slogans like 'building a socialist new countryside' for Jiangsu farming expert Yan Shaohua , but about finding sustainable solutions.

2 Sep 2006 - 12:00am