Premier Wen urges efforts to fight drought, ensure agricultural production

07:54, January 24, 2011      

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Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao wrapped up an inspection tour of the drought-hit central Henan Province from Friday to Saturday, urging more efforts by local governments to ensure agricultural production threatened by the prolonged drought in many of China's grain producing areas.


Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (2nd R) listens as agricultural expert Cheng Xiangwen introduces a new species of corn at an agricultural research institute in Hebi City of central China's Henan Province, Jan. 22, 2011. Wen Jiabao wrapped up an inspection tour of the drought-hit Henan Province from Friday to Saturday, urging more efforts by local governments to ensure agricultural production threatened by the prolonged drought in many of China's grain producing areas. (Xinhua/Yao Dawei)

Drought has hit north China and the middle and low reaches of the Yellow and Huaihe rivers, including provinces of Henan, Shandong, Shanxi, Hebei, Jiangsu and Anhui, due to rare rainfall and snowfall this winter.

During his tour of Henan, Premier Wen checked the wheat growing fields, visited rural households, inspected agricultural research institutes and held a meeting on anti-drought arrangement in the drought-hit region.

Wen said as spring draws near, local governments in the drought-hit regions should prepare as early as possible, focus on the fight against the current drought and support farmers with technology, relief facilities, fund and materials.


Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (R Front) inspects the drought conditions at a field in Hebi City of central China's Henan Province, Jan. 22, 2011. Wen Jiabao wrapped up an inspection tour of the drought-hit Henan Province from Friday to Saturday, urging more efforts by local governments to ensure agricultural production threatened by the prolonged drought in many of China's grain producing areas. (Xinhua/Yao Dawei)

"It is of great significance for the people's basic lives and the social and economic development to combat the current drought and ensure agricultural production," Wen said.

Local government departments must work out and implement agricultural technologies as soon as possible to reduce the impact of drought on agricultural production and ensure wheat survive the frigid winter, he said.

Wen also called on local governments to overhaul water resources facilities, increase water supply to fight against the current drought and prepare for irrigation when the spring farming season begins.

He urged more input of funds in the fight against the current drought, particularly for the construction of anti-drought emergency water projects.


Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (2nd R) talks to an agricultural expert about drought conditions at a field in Hebi City of central China's Henan Province, Jan. 22, 2011. Wen Jiabao wrapped up an inspection tour of the drought-hit Henan Province from Friday to Saturday, urging more efforts by local governments to ensure agricultural production threatened by the prolonged drought in many of China's grain producing areas. (Xinhua/Yao Dawei)

Local governments must also pay close attention to ensuring enough drinking water for people and livestock in regions that were heavily affected by the drought, said Wen.

Source: Xinhua
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