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BRICS to boost grain yield

(China Daily)

11:21, December 03, 2011

SANYA, Hainan - The BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) countries should increase their ability to produce grain to ensure food safety, said a Chinese political advisory official.

Bai Lichen, vice-chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, China's political advisory body, also called for strengthened agricultural and food cooperation to increase production in the BRICS countries.

The bloc plays an important role in global food production and trade, producing 37 percent of the world's grain, Bai said at the first BRICS Friendship Cities and Local Governments Cooperation Forum, which opened in the southern beach city of Sanya on Friday.

"The BRICS countries will contribute a lot to global food safety if their grain production is greatly increased, given that they are home to 43 percent of the world's population," Bai said.

"The BRICS countries should not rely too much on the global food market."

The annual global grain trade is about 250 million tons, less than half of China's food production, according to Bai.

"The BRICS countries should give priority to domestic food production," he said.

Up to 95 percent of China's most important grains, such as rice, wheat and corn, are supplied by domestic production, he said.

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