China to buy more grain abroad, shift farm­ing

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

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.

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