Grain supply concerns amid rapid urbanization: official
BEIJING, Jan 28, 2013 (Xinhua via COMTEX) --
Concerns have been expressed by a
senior Chinese official about the country's grain security as rapid
urbanization is squeezing room for further increase in output.
In an interview with Xinhua on Monday, Minister of Commerce Chen
Deming said grain supply is in tight balance with demand, though the
country has recorded consecutive harvests over the past nine years.
Chen said tight supply is a challenge for the whole world and will
persist because of rising crude oil prices, global warming and
conversion of grain into fuel.
Rapid urbanization has led to a decline in arable land areas and a
large number of rural labor forces switching to non-agricultural jobs
are key factors hindering China's grain output.
To guarantee grain security, the Chinese government has set a "red
line" demarcating that its arable land never drops below 1.8 billion
mu (120 million hectares) and it has stepped up efforts to boost
modern agricultural development.
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