Almost half of arable land degraded: Report
More than 40 percent of China’s arable land is suffering from degradation, reducing its capacity to produce food for the world’s biggest population, the official news agency Xinhua said.
The rich black soil in northern Heilongjiang province, which forms part of China’s bread basket, is thinning, while farmland in China’s south is suffering from acidification, the report said, citing agriculture ministry statistics.
Degraded land typically is caused by reduced fertility, erosion, changes in acidity, and the effects of climate change and pollutants.
The country, which must feed nearly 1.4 billion people, has outlined plans to tackle soil pollution, said to affect around 3.3 million hectares (8.15 million acres). (Photo 5)