According to a senior Chinese government official, China will focus on raising domestic corn production to meet the rising demand and is testing use of genetically modified organism (GMO) technology to boost output.
"We have approved one type of GMO strain and we're testing to see if they can be applied to boost production," Chen Xiaohua, a vice agricultural minister, said at a press conference.
"GMO technology is the strategic choice of the country in future."
China's rapid demand growth, mainly from its animal feed production, has led to a shortfall over the past two years as domestic production failed to meet demand.
China began importing corn from the United States last year and large export volumes are expected that as the government replenishes its low stockpiles.
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