ENOUGH GROUND TO FEED NATION
China has sufficient arable land to ensure a secure food supply, according to the second national land survey, which was released on Monday.
The amount of arable land exceeds the minimum set by the government, the survey showed.
Owing to improved survey methods and standards, the country’s arable land area was adjusted upward. It was about 135.4 million hectares at the end of last year, an increase of 13.587 million hectares over 2009, said Wang Shiyuan, vice-minister of land and resources.
The change is the result of technical adjustments and does not mean China’s actual amount of arable land increased, Wang said at a news conference at the State Council Information Office.
It’s the first time that remote-sensor data collected by satellites and aircraft was used on a large scale in the survey. The authorities found some parcels of land used by farmers that had not been included in previous surveys, he said.
China must step up efforts to maintain the minimum area because the per capita figure continues to fall, he said.