Meteorological disasters are to blame for the destruction of at least 50 billion kg of grain in China annually, according to official statistics.
Climate change is having an increasing impact on food and agriculture, with each 1 degree Celsius rise causing a 10 percent loss in grain, according to figures released on October 16 at a promotional activity in Nanjing for the 36th World Food Day.
China is one of the nations most affected by meteorological disasters, with droughts causing about 60 percent of all the agricultural losses in the country, according to officials at the activity.
Xu Xiaofeng, deputy head of the China Meteorological Administration, said that immediate measures must be taken to address the issue.
“We need to diminish the effects of meteorological disasters on grain production, harvest, storage, processing, packaging, transportation and consumption,” Xu said.