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VITERRA TO BUILD ON CHINESE SOILS

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Canadian grain handler Viterra Inc. is planning to build a canola-crushing plant in South China with state-owned company Guangxi Beibu Gulf International Port Group Co. The plant will be located at the Port of Fangchenggang in the province of Guangxi and will crush about 680,000 tonnes annually, Viterra said. Construction will begin in May and be complete in 18 months. China imposed restrictions on blackleg canola from Canada and Australia last year but allowed Canadian shipments to enter ports away from rapeseed-growing areas for the rest of the 2009-10 crop year. “Strategically, they’re trying to set themselves up so that if this continues, it won’t hinder them and may give them an advantage,” said Brian Wittal, owner of Pro Com Marketing in Calgary.

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