Adding gas to speed up the ripening process of bananas is gaining popularity as a green, safe food practice all over the world. The Beijing Xinfadi Market recently built a climate-controlled banana warehouse that is already in operation. The warehouse has 10 storerooms lined up and is designed to process 3,000 boxes of bananas every day.
Wuxi in Jiangsu has had overcast and rainy weather since the end of Chinese Spring Festival [February 5th, 2019]. The poor weather conditions led to a significant decrease of the strawberry production volume. Insufficient sunshine also slowed down the growth of strawberries, which in turn delayed market supply, and pushed the price up by more than 50%
The Meteorological Institute in Guangzhou warned people to expect hailstorms. In addition to excessive rainfall, many districts in Guangzhou City also experienced hailstorms. Apart from Guangzhou, areas in Shaoguan, Qingyuan, and Zhaoqing also suffered hailstorms and 7-8 thunderstorms in the night of February 20th, and the morning of February 21st.
Tangerine orchards in Changde, Hunan, have suffered three episodes of cold weather and frost since the end of December. Nearly 67 thousand hectares of tangerine orchards were affected. The damage was most severe for the early-season honey mandarin production areas in Shimen, Xiuping, and Mengquan in Hunan.
A deadly pig disease found for the first time in China in early August has quickly spread across the country, with officials declaring the fifth case in a month. Health officials battling to halt the spread of African Swine Fever (ASF) have already culled more than 25,000 pigs to try to halt its movement through the world's largest pork producer. The highly contagious viral disease cannot be caught by humans, but is often fatal to pigs and impossible to vaccinate against.
While the 700,000 migratory birds that descend upon east China's Poyang Lake every winter are a sight for bird watchers, local farmers are not as enthusiastic about the feathered visitors. Farmer was granted 1,200 yuan (183 U.S. dollars) last month for his 20 mu (1.33 hectares) of rice crops destroyed by migratory birds. He was among 10,000 farmers living near Poyang Lake to be compensated. It was the first time farmers at the lake have been compensated.
The agricultural losses resulting from the recent cold spell that hit Taiwan last week accumulated to nearly NT$4 billion (US$119.33 million) as of Wednesday, according to updated statistics released by the Council of Agriculture (COA) that day. Fishery losses were the largest among the sectors affected, the COA said. The data showed the estimated losses in the segment hit NT$3.16 billion with milkfish, grouper, clams, tilapia, and striped bass being the hardest hit.
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