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News last update:6 Aug 2012

Chinese grain output up 2.8% in 2006

China's grain output rose 2.8% from the previous year to 497.46 million tons in 2006, according to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).

It is the first time the country's annual grain output has increased three years in a row since 1985. Grain output rose 9% year-on-year to 469.47 million tons in 2004 and grew 3.1% to 484.02 million tons in 2005. But the supply of domestic grain still falls short of the country's demand, said analysts.

Shortage in 2010
China faces the possibility of a 4.8 million ton grain shortage in 2010, almost 9% of the country's grain consumption, according to a Chinese newspaper. To boost the development of grain production, the Chinese government said at the beginning of this year that it would continue with its policy to set minimum prices for grain purchase by the China Grain Reserves Corporation.
As an executor of China's macro-control policy in the grain sector, the company undertakes the majority of tasks involving grain purchasing, corn exports and imported grain reserves in order to keep the grain market stable.

Increase in grain acreage
China had 105.38 million hectares of land for grain crops last year, an increase of 1.1 million hectares over the previous year. But the country's arable land had shrunk from 131 million hectares in 1996 to 123 million hectares in 2005.

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