China will not see food shortage

17:02, March 25, 2011      

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China has the ability to ensure food supply regardless of the changes in international food prices, said Chen Xiwen, deputy director of the Central Rural Work Leading Group and director of the Central Rural Work Leading Group Office, on March 24.

"The problem of food shortage does not exist in China. Although the grain prices are fluctuating, China's grain production capacity still can reach more than 500 million tons as long as we support farmers and stabilize the grain sown area," Chen said during the press conference regarding the development of China's agriculture during the "12th Five-Year Plan" period held by the State Council Information Office on the morning of March 24.

Chen said the Chinese government has taken many measures, such as implementing the "four subsidies" and the minimum purchase price of grain as well as importing grain from other countries to ensure food supply.

Chen also said that China's currently adopts a multi-level grain reserve approach, and the total reserve is estimated to reach more than 200 million tons. Together with the imported grain, China is able to maintain half-year food supply in normal circumstances. China has the ability to ensure food supply regardless of the changes in international grain prices. China's food self-sufficiency rate stood at more than 97 percent if not counting soybeans.


By Zhang Hongyu, People’s Daily Online

 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
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