ENOUGH GROUND TO FEED NA­TION

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - 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.

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