Grain pro­duc­tion had short­fall in 2015

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

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.

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