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Since the second half of 2017, under the effect of the environmental protection examination, chemical enterprises had to stop or restrict production, which caused serious short supply of pesticide technical and intermediates and low operating rate of technical enterprises. Moreover, some producers engaged in trading raised the pesticide technical prices and by Nov. 2017, they reached the highest and didn’t fall. Except for some price reduction of some special products, most pesticide technical products maintained at a high price level though the prices didn’t go up to a large extent.
On 27 Feb., 2018, the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) responded to the public that the law enforcement of environmental protection cracks down illegal enterprises and supports legal ones. During the process, some law-violating and under-standard enterprises must be confronted with huge impact or even phasing out, which is a necessary regularity in economic development.
The 2018 Session of Nanjing People's Congress announced to specifically reduce coals and chemicals in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province in 2018, by shutting down 40 chemical enterprises. Meanwhile, an action will be taken to govern the chemical enterprises in the province this year.
In January 2018, the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) held a conference on market information of key agricultural products to inform the market operation of major agricultural products in 2017, and reminded that it was inappropriate to blindly expand corn planting in 2018 to avoid the situation of increasing output without increasing income.
On January 20, 2018, the US FDA Web (https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/fdcc/?set=Biocon) published dossiers and related letters on the safety and nutritional evaluation report of GM insect-resistant rice "Huahui No.1" (华恢1号) submitted by Huazhong Agricultural University. On the website, US FDA informed that it has completed the consultation on the safety evaluation of "Huahui No.1".
On January 25, 2018, the Ministry of Agriculture promulgated a notice on 2018 agricultural genetically modified organisms (GMOs) supervision
On 30 Jan., 2018, Nantong Jiangshan Agrochemical & Chemicals Co., Ltd. (Nantong Jiangshan) announced that its largest shareholder Sinochem International Corporation (Sinochem International) was planning to let out of its stake of 29.19% and was seeking potential transferees. As of 28 Jan., Sinochem International held altogether 86.7 million shares in Nantong Jiangshan.
In January 2018, Zhejiang, Guangdong and Jiangsu provinces in succession released their Proposal to Relocate and Reconstruct Hazardous Chemical Manufacturers in Highly Populated Urban Areas.
On 30 Jan., 2018, Nanjing Red Sun Co., Ltd. (Nanjing Red Sun) announced its decision to purchase a 60% share in Australian-owned agricultural company Ruralco.
On 23 January 2018, the Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China (MOFCOM) made the 2018 No.6 Announcement, a move to project the anti-dumping investigation against the o-dichlorobenzene imported from Japan and India.