Grain production had shortfall in 2015
China’s total grain output increased 2.4 percent year-onyear to 621 million tons in 2015, the 12th consecutive year of growth.
Despite that, China had a shortfall of between 20 million and 25 million tons in the amount of grain it produced and consumed in 2015, as Chinese developed a taste for more diverse grain choices.
Food imports reached a record 120 million tons last year, with soybean accounting for more than 70 percent of the total. Imports of corn increased 80 percent year-on-year and rice 30 percent.
State granaries’ large inventories and competition from imports have depressed grain prices in China, making life difficult for farmers.
China’s 13th Five-Year Plan announced earlier this month has a big focus on improving the quality of agricultural products. Authorities will put more stress on improving farmland and encouraging the application of new technology in farming.