In late Oct. 2016, the State Council released the Notice to Carry out the 2nd General Investigation into Polluting Sources Nationwide, a decision to carry out the 2nd general investigation into polluting sources nationwide in 2017.
On 11 October, 2016, Zhejiang Wynca Chemical Group Co., Ltd. (Zhejiang Wynca) made an announcement regarding the 2016 Obsolete Production Capacity Elimination List released by Zhejiang Province in September.
On 12 Oct., 2016, the Yangzhou Government, Jiangsu Province, held an online talk show about the quality of air, which was participated by the local Vice Mayor and people from the Environmental Protection Bureau (the Bureau) as well as citizens. In the show, the City Government promised that Jiangsu Yangnong Chemical Group Co., Ltd. (Jiangsu Yangnong, a listed domestic pesticide enterprise) be moved out of the downtown of Yangzhou by the end of 2018.
In 2016, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) issued the Petrochemical and Chemical Industry Development Plan (2016-2020) (Plan), which mentions the development plan of the pesticide industry in the next five years.
According to statistics by Think Real, in July 2016, China exported 81,800 tonnes of glyphosate, increasing by 69.7% year on year; the value of the products was USD173.4 million, growing by 44.5% year on year.
In the first half of 2016, the wheat heading and flowering period in Jiangsu Province encountered rainy days, which directly lead to the serious occurrence of head blight. The disease was more serious over 2015, causing the fall in the quality of wheat and affecting the purchase of summer grain to some extent. According to researcher Chen Huaigu from the Plant Protection Institute, Jiangsu Academy of Agricultural Sciences, wheat head blight has been striking Jiangsu Province for five consecutive years and with higher frequency. It has become an affecting factor for the wheat production in Jiangsu Province.
On 28 Oct. 2016, the European Union Competition Commission will decide whether to approve the full acquisition made by China National Chemical Corporation (ChemChina) of Switzerland based Syngenta, or to initiate anti-monopoly investigation.
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