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China Making its Presence Felt at Agritechnica

17 November 2011

GERMANY - One of the largest exhibiting countries at Agritechnica this year is from China, writes Chris Harris for TheCropSite.

With more than 80 exhibitors and a delegation of around 1000 agricultural, government and industry representatives, the Chinese representation is creating an impact in Hannover.

The importance the Chinese are placing in their representation of the global market is reflected in the growth of their domestic agricultural industry and also the growth in mechanisation in the industry.

According to the Ministry of Agriculture, this year China harvested about 10 million hectares of corn by machinery - a third of the total crops planted, while 69 per cent of the rice crops planted - about 16 million hectares - will also be harvested mechanically.

Nearly 20 million hectares of wheat will be harvested mechanically this winter - 86 per cent of the total crop.

The ministry says that with subsidies the Chinese farming population is able to use more and more equipment such as tractors, rice planters and corn harvesters.

By last year more than half of the rural community in China was mechanised for planting and harvesting crops.

"Mechanised harvest of wheat could reduce losses by three per cent and this could reduce the los of 5 billion kilograms of wheat every year," the ministry said.

As the Chinese agricultural equipment industry has grown domestically, so it has also grown on international markets.

However, most of the products exhibited at the show are spare parts for larger machines and also agricultural services.

According to the Beijing Development Import & Export Corporation they see the developed markets such as Europe as a suitable market for spare parts, which it can sell entire machines such as harrows, ploughs and drills to the South American countries and Russia.

TheCropSite News Desk

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