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On 2 Nov., 2015, the new official website of Zhejiang Wynca Chemical Group Co., Ltd. (Zhejiang Wynca, one of largest pesticide producers in China) was launched and Wynca Mall (http://mall.wynca.com/) was initiated to be committed to providing its clients with more convenient electronic purchase platform for agrochemical and organic silicone products.
On 27 Oct., 2015, Meihua Biotechnology Group Co., Ltd. (Meihua Bio) announced that to further integrate its company resources, reduce management levels, improve asset operation efficiency, save management expenses and lower operation management costs, it had decided to cancel one of its wholly-owned subsidiaries, namely Langfang Meihua Biotechnology Co., Ltd. (Langfang Meihua).
According to data from the Jiangsu Institute for the Control of Agrochemicals (Jiangsu ICA) about pesticide export in Jan.-Oct. 2015, in the first ten months, Jiangsu released 31,079 pieces of pesticide export notices, up by 0.7% year on year; the applied pesticide export volume was 1.4 million tonnes, down by 3.3% year on year. The volume of technical and formulations accounted for 78% and 22% of the total respectively. It can be seen from the data that Jiangsu maintained its position as the province with the most important pesticide producers and trade enterprises in China.
On 4 November, 2015, the revised Seed Law of the People’s Republic of China (Seed Law) was passed by the 12th National People’s Congress Standing Committee meeting, with 149 yes-votes and 5 abstentions, expected to be implemented officially from 1 January, 2016. In total, 94 articles and 10 chapters have been revised.
On 3 Nov., 2015, the National Agro-Tech Extension and Service Center (NATESC) published a summary of China’s aid for Laos to prevent and control locust disaster. In June 2015, in the Town of Luang Prabang, Laos, a large scale locust disaster appeared, which mainly harmed dry rice, corn and bamboo. The Laos Government turned to the Chinese Embassy in Laos for help.
On 21-23 Oct., 2015, the Syngenta Chinese Media Seminar was held in Hangzhou City, Zhejiang Province. In addition to the overview on the company development, topics related to the sustainable agricultural development, such as pesticide reduction and grain safety, were discussed at the seminar. The National Agri-Tech Extension Service Centre and the Centre for Agri-food Quality & Safety, both under China’s Ministry of Agriculture, and many media outlets were present.
New pesticide technical registrations in Oct. 2015
On 27 Oct., 2015, the CEO and Chairman of the Seed Association of the Americas (SAA), Andy LaVigne and Risa DeMasi visited the China National Seed Association (CNSA).
In early Oct. 2015, the National Development and Reform Commission published the application conditions and allocation principles of China’s grain import quota in 2016, which are basically the same as last year. Specifically, the quotas for grain import in 2016 are: 9.6 million tonnes of wheat and non-state- run trade proportion is 10%; 7.2 million tonnes of corn and non-state-run trade proportion is 40%; 5.3 million tonnes of rice (2.7 million tonnes of long-grain rice and middle and short-grain rice respectively) and non-state- run trade proportion is 50%.
On 17 Sept., 2015, the National Development and Reform Commission, the State Administration of Grain (China Grain), the Ministry of Finance of China and the Agricultural Development Bank of China published a notice together about the purchase price of temporary reserve corn (third-grade in national standards) in 2015/2016, RMB2,000/t and the price difference between two neighboring grades will be RMB40/t. While the purchase price of temporary reserve corn in Inner Mongolia & Liaoning, Jilin and Heilongjiang in 2014/2015 were RMB2,260/t, RMB2,240/t and RMB2,220/t respectively. It is worth mentioning that the price in 2015/2016 is lower down for the first time since 2008.