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Bumper crops mean China can feed itself

(China Daily)

09:02, December 26, 2012

A farmer in Zhumadian, Henan province, talks to her son on a cell phone about October's good rice harvest. (China Daily/Zhao Xuefeng)

China increased its grain imports this year, but thanks to consecutive years of bumper crops the country will continue to be able to largely feed itself, a senior agricultural official said on Tuesday.

China's imports of its three main food staples — rice, wheat and corn — reached 10.09 million metric tons in the first 10 months of this year, an increase of 9.29 million tons compared with the same period last year, said Bi Meijia, chief economist of the Ministry of Agriculture. The total imports of the three main grain crops were 3.57 million tons in 2011.

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