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China's Summer Grain Output Likely to Increase
    2008-06-23 10:36:39     CRIENGLISH.com

 China's crop output is forecast to exceed 120 million tons this summer, 2.5 million tons more than a year ago.

This would mark the fifth consecutive summer of bumper harvest for the first time since the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949.

Sun Zhengcai is China's Agriculture Minister.

"To maximize crop production, we've showcased and promoted some new technologies in boosting production, reducing consumption and enhancing efficiency. These have led to a new high in crop production."

Besides, rapeseed output was expected to rise by more than 400,000 tons to 11.85 million tons, reversing a declining streak for three consecutive years.

In spite of major natural disasters and pest invasions, the harvest came as the government managed to arouse farmer enthusiasm for crops planting with a series of incentives, including direct subsidies.

Chinese authorities has since last year unveiled a series of measures to encourage crop planting, as soaring food prices were the major driver behind the country's consumer inflation.

Sun Zhengcai also warned against some negative factors, including more flooding, drought, typhoon, and pest invasions, to ensure a bumper autumn harvest.

Summer crops usually account for about 23 percent of the nation's annual grain output.



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