Almost half of arable land de­graded: Re­port

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWSCAPSULE -

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)

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