CHINA China to keep grain output above 650 bln kg in 2020

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China to keep grain output above 650 bln kg in 2020

Xinhua

04:30, December 23, 2019

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Farmers harvest wheat using agricultural machinery at Zhangzhuang Village of Zhangshanzi Township in Zaozhuang City, east China's Shandong Province, June 2, 2019. (Photo: Xinhua)

BEIJING, Dec. 22 (Xinhua) -- China's grain output is expected to remain above 650 billion kg next year with its total grain-planting area higher than 95 million hectares, a senior agricultural official said Sunday.

Han Changfu, minister of agriculture and rural affairs, made the remarks at a meeting attended by the chiefs of agricultural bureaus at city levels.

He said China had historically achieved a bumper grain harvest for 16 consecutive years, with its grain output reaching 663.85 billion kg this year, exceeding the 650-bln-kg mark for five years in a row.

Despite the achievements, China's grain production capacity remains to be consolidated, Han said, adding that people in some places had slacked off in grain production or even pared down crop planting.

To sustain the country's bumper harvests, the minister said ensuring policy stability and keeping planting areas steady were essential.

Next year, the country will complete the cultivation of 5.3 million hectares of high-standard farmland and the installation of highly efficient water-saving irrigation facilities in 1.3 million hectares of farmland, according to Han.

Contingency plans must be made to prevent insect infestation and cope with regional drought or floods when necessary while early warning must be improved, he said.

The restoration of hog production and the development of modern animal husbandry will increase the demand for corns, therefore major corn producing areas need to elevate their productivity to secure a stable supply nationwide.

Soybean production and the cultivation of high quality special rice and wheat will be encouraged, he added.

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