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News last update:7 Aug 2012

China may not have enough grain

China faces serious challenges in ensuring it will have enough grain to feed its population in the decades to come, according to Premier Wen Jiabao.

Industrialisation, urbanisation and a growing population are boosting grain demand while "shrinking arable land, water shortage and climate change is an increasing constraint on output," Wen told a cabinet meeting.

"The long-term demand and supply will be balanced but tight and ensuring grain security faces serious challenges," he said.

The meeting approved a mid- and long-term grain security plan that aims to keep the nation's annual grain output above 500 million tonnes by 2010 and increase production to more than 540 million tonnes a year by 2020.

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