County struggles to make ends meet

When local officials on the mainland proudly boast about their 'big agricultural county', it's usually a nice way of saying 'fiscally small county'.

Monday, 4 July, 2011, 12:00am

Rice price set to rise in wake of flooding

It's known as the land of fish and rice, but after more than two weeks of torrential rains that followed a prolonged drought along the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River, agriculture is reeling. Fears have been raised of price rises against the backdrop of already high inflation.

22 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Grain farmers fear they will reap nothing

The prolonged drought in the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River has dealt a heavy blow to the country's leading source of summer grain, with desperate farmers around the nation's two biggest lakes fearing they may have little to show at harvest time.

31 May 2011 - 12:00am

US study backs China in the great rice debate

A row has flared after a study by US genome researchers found that the first rice was cultivated in China's Yangtze River valley about 10,000 years ago.

4 May 2011 - 12:00am

QQ Rice Cafe

QQ Rice Cafe Shop 1 G/F, Conwell House, 34-38 Stanley Street, Central Tel 2107 9989

Grub: Japanese-style rice-based snacks and salads plus a small selection of sandwiches and macaroni dishes.

27 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Mature, refined, hot, strong, subtle, pure or fresh?

Koshu literally translates as 'old wine', and refers to sake that has been aged for a minimum of three years.

29 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Don't fear more freedom, Rice tells Beijing

As a former United States' secretary of state and one of the world's leading diplomats, Dr Condoleezza Rice knows better than to berate China about its people's lack of personal freedoms and civil liberties.

20 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Notes from the dorm

As boarders in Oxford, thousands of miles away from home, how do we celebrate the Lunar New Year? For one thing, we don't receive red packets. The highlight of the holiday season was definitely the festive dinner held at my boarding house.

2 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Expect to pay up to 10pc more for your rice

Rice prices will go up this year, traders say - perhaps by as much as 5 to 10 per cent.

Strong demand for the grain, coupled with production shortfalls in key countries and a weaker US dollar, will probably mean Hong Kong people will have to pay more for the staple food, and for meals in general.

4 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

'Less rice' campaign at canteens

A green group is taking its campaign to cut food waste to eight canteens at tertiary institutions. Eventually, it hopes, a request for less rice when eating out in the city will be as acceptable as asking for less sugar in an iced lemon tea.

26 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

No relief in price for rice buyers

The export prices of Thai rice have fallen over the past four months but consumers have not been able to benefit because retail prices have continued to increase, lawmakers have been told.

30 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

Huge haul of smuggled grain for S America seized

Guangzhou customs have seized what they described as the largest haul of smuggled grain - enough to feed 800,000 people for a month - in shipping containers destined for Latin America, local media reported yesterday.

Customs officers found 40,000 tonnes of rice and wheat powder during a regular check in July, the Guangzhou Daily quoted a government spokesman as saying.

12 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

Fund-raiser sought to help reduce poverty and hunger

Rice research body needs a development officer to start up and run its new office in Singapore

Experienced fund-raisers are invited to apply for a new role that offers a unique challenge.

11 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

Another one of Susilo's pet projects flops

Another of Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's pet scientific projects has flopped.

The latest embarrassment is over the development of a genetically modified rice called 'Supertoy HL2', touted by Dr Susilo, which is supposedly immune to disease and capable of yielding up to three harvests a year, a total of about 42.5 tonnes per hectare.

11 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

Customs seizes black market rice bound for abroad

Mainland customs authorities have seized huge amounts of cheap rice and flour from smugglers trying to channel the staples to major Southeast Asian grain markets in the past few months.

Mainland media reported yesterday that rice and flour seizures had been made in Shenzhen, Guangzhou, and Zhuhai , among many other cities.

20 Jun 2008 - 12:00am