China to buy more grain abroad, shift farming
China expects to increase its grain imports during the 13th Five-Year Plan period (201620) rather than continue to increase its farming capacity, according to the Minister of Agriculture.
After increasing domestic grain production for the past 11 years, the country will, in what scientists see as a major shift, aim for stable output and quality products rather than ever-increasing domestic supplies, Han Changfu said in his report earlier this month.
As a result of population growth and urbanization, China’s demand for grain is expected to rise from 600 million metric tons in 2014 to 700 million tons in 2020. By then, Han said, there will be a gap of perhaps 100 million tons between the domestic demand and supply to be filled by imports.