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China's agricultural achievements

2009-09-28 08:49 BJT

Special Report: 60th Anniversary of PRC |

The western world once worried that China couldn't feed its own people. But today's China has proven that, not only can it feed itself, but it can also help sustain the world. Here are some tangible figures demonstrating China's agricultural achievements.

1. China feeds 21% of the world's population using 7% of the world's arable land.

2. Grain yield reached 525 million tons in 2008, nearly 5 times the level of 1949.

3. Farmers' annual net income, just 60 yuan in 1949, reached 4,760 yuan in 2008.

4. In 2005, China stopped receiving grain assistance from other countries and became the world's third-largest grain donor.

5. The amount of people living below the poverty line has been reduced from 60% of the population 60 years ago to just 1.1% today.

Editor: Xiong Qu | Source: