Over 3 mil­lion hectares too pol­luted to farm: China

The Financial Express - - INTERNATIONAL -

Bei­jing, Dec 30: About 3.33 mil­lion hectares of China’s farm­land is too pol­luted to grow crops, a gover nment of­fi­cial said on Mon­day, high­light­ing the risk fac­ing agri­cul­ture af­ter three decades of rapid in­dus­trial growth.

China has been un­der pres­sure to im­prove its ur­ban en­vi­ron­ment fol­low­ing a spate of pol­lu­tion scares. But clean­ing up ru­ral re­gions could be an even big­ger chal­lenge as the gov­ern­ment tries to re­verse dam­age done by years of ur­ban and in­dus­trial en­croach­ment and en­sure food sup­plies for a grow­ing pop­u­la­tion.

Wang Shiyuan, the vice-min­is­ter of land and re­sources, told a news brief­ing that China was de­ter­mined to rec­tify the prob­lem and had com­mit­ted “tens of bil­lions of yuan” a year to pi­lot projects aimed at rehabilitating con­tam­i­nated land and un­der­ground wa­ter sup­plies.

Reuters

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