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China wants to cut grains import to 5%

Staff writer ▼ | December 27, 2013
China is making unprecedented efforts to ensure grain security to feed the population of 1.3 billion: The government set a goal to keep a self-sufficiency rate of 95 percent for corn, rice and wheat.
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China cornChina is making unprecedented efforts to ensure grain security to feed the population of 1.3 billion: The government set a goal to keep a self-sufficiency rate of 95 percent for corn, rice and wheat.


After enjoying a decade of stable growth for grain production, China will take decisive measures to ensure its self-sufficiency rate, with enough arable land and adequate overseas cooperation in 2014.

Even though China has achieved bumper harvest output, the nation has faced declining arable land amid urbanization, bad weather in recent years and pollution caused by fertilizers and pesticides.

To keep staple food supply and demand in balance, China imported 13.98 million metric tons of grain last year, while soybean imports reached 58.38 million tons, compared with 5.45 million tons of grain imports and 52.5 million tons of soybeans from abroad in 2011. Grain and soybean imports rose to 10 percent of the country's total last year, including self-production output and foreign purchases.

To prevent the risk of international speculation on grain in a poor harvest year, the Chinese government set a new goal earlier this week to keep a self-sufficiency rate of 95 percent for corn, rice and wheat. For rice and wheat, the rate should be even higher to ensure absolute safety of the domestic food supply.


 

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