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China stresses long-term stability in grain production amid challenges

(Xinhua)

08:45, December 27, 2011

BEIJING, Dec. 26 (Xinhua) -- Top officials of China's State Council, the country's cabinet, highlighted the long-term and stable development of grain production on Monday as rising production costs and climate change are imposing challenges.

The top officials made the call at a meeting held Monday by the State Council in Beijing, which commended 200 top grain-producing counties and 700 agricultural scientists, farmers, and skilled workers who made great contributions to the nation's grain production in 2011.

Government data showed China's grain output rose to a record high of 571.21 million tonnes this year. The figure represented a year-on-year increase of 4.5 percent and marked the eighth consecutive year of growth for the country's grain output.

Vice Premier Hui Liangyu said that 2011 also marked the fifth straight year that the nation's total grain output exceeded 500 million tonnes, which indicates a more consolidated foundation for food security.

However, he said the grain harvest this year has not come easily, as frequent natural disasters and sharply rising production costs posed challenges.

The growth of grain output and the rise of farmers' income will be more difficult in the coming year because of the massive output scale this year, the uncertainty of climate, and costlier agricultural production, he said at Monday's meeting, which was also attended by Premier Wen Jiabao.

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