Grain Losses

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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.

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