China Today (English)
Plans to Enhance Grain Security
China has launched six improvement plans to boost a flagship high-quality grain project, according to the National Food and Strategic Reserves Administration. The plans, which involve green storage, brand promotion, quality tracking, mechanization, emergency supplies, and food saving, are expected to ensure sustainable national food security.
The grain quality and brand improvement plan said that by the year 2025, the supply of high-quality gain will be more abundant, and the amount will see an annual increase of 10 percent. The country will cultivate more grain and oil brands that have a higher market competitiveness. The online and offline grain market, which includes emergency supply centers and staple food kitchens, should be improved to progress from “eating enough” to “eating healthily.”
The quality tracking plan aims to trace the quality of grains and edible oil throughout the entire production chain to ensure food safety and quality from the farmland to the dining table.
To reduce food loss in post-harvest procedures, one plan focuses on promoting the application of technology that will help reduce such waste and loss. New laws and standards will be enacted, public awareness activities will be launched, and coordinated measures will be adopted to tackle waste during the process of storage, transport, processing, and consumption.
China came in 49th on a ranking of English proficiency in 112 non-english speaking countries and regions produced by the Swedish educational company, Education First (EF). In the company’s 2021 English Proficiency Index, China scored 513 out of 800 points, a decrease in its ranking last year, when it came 38th out of 100 nonenglish speaking countries with a score of 520 points.