Seed China News 1302 (12 issues per year)

Date: February 2013
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Pages: 13
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The Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) issued its work points on 2013 planting industry at the end of Feb., claiming to maintain the grain production area to not less than 111.27 million ha. (1.67 billion mu) for the year 2013. Pointed by the MOA, the domestic total grain output should be increased steadily relying on the planting expansion of some high-yield crops like corn and rice. The total grain output should be over 525 million tonnes in 2013, which is the exact goal set by the MOA.

The MOA also said that it would ensure the planting of cash crops. For the year 2013, cotton planting area should be over 4.67 million ha. (70 million mu), oil crops (mainly referring to rapeseed, peanut and oil sunflower) over 13.33 million ha. (200 million mu) and sugar crops (mainly referring to sugar cane and beet) over 1.93 million ha. (29 million mu).

The guarantee of domestic grain output is always a key task for the MOA, mainly regarding to domestic decreasing arable land and the rising demand from the population. However, too much attention paid on high-yield crops to enhance grain output would probably impact the planting of other crops. For example, the planting area of soybean has been continuously decreasing in recent years, which is partially owing to the increasing planting of corn with better benefits.

Headline

The Ministry of Agriculture intends to advance the implementation of the National Development Plan 2012-2020 for Modern Crop Seed Industry.

The purchase price of wheat has been continuously rising since the second half of 2012.

China’s cotton reserve is facing a dilemma owing to the financial pressure and growers’ declining planting enthusiasm.

Pepper seed market has been trapped in a slump mainly owing to increasing players, depressed prices and rising production costs.

Northeast China is an important planting region of Chinese cabbage, with an annual consumption of seeds around 360,000kg.

Driven by increasing domestic demand, China’s import of alfalfa seeds saw a sharp growth in 2012.

12 new super rice varieties approved by China’s Ministry of Agriculture and 7 others disqualified for failing to meet the requirements on their promoted planting area.

Recommended corn varieties with prominent performance were published by the National Corn Industrial Technology System for the reference of rational distribution of planting varieties.

The MOA to advance the implementation of Seed Industry Plan 2012-2020
Wheat price continuously rising in China
China: cotton reserve measure facing with dilemma
Pepper seed market in a slump
Chinese cabbage seed market in Northeast China
Alfalfa seed imports increased sharply in 2012
12 SUPER RICE VARIETIES RELEASED IN 2013
Recommended corn varieties for major corn planting regions

COMPANIES MENTIONED

Jiangxi Zhengbang, Shandong Denghai, Winall Hi-tech

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