Promising grain output from 2016-2020 26-10-20 10:02 Updated BJT
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By Zhou Fujing

A piece of inspiring news came in mid-October. The seawater rice, planted in three plots of saline soil in Rudong County, Jiangsu Province, achieved a yield of 802.9 kg per mu on average, or 12.04 tons per hectare. It has set a record in rice output grown on saline-alkali soil and transferred more soil into arable farmland. This type of rice was developed by Chinese agronomist and academician Yuan Longping and his team. The team started seawater rice planting since 1986 and had developed varieties of saline-alkali tolerant rice in 2017 with the previous highest yield reaching 620.95 kg per mu. More superior rice varieties, such as sea-rice, hybrid rice, ratooning rice and super grain, were planted in farmland across China.

A reaper is busy harvesting rice in Huaiyin District, Huai’an City, Jiangsu Province on October 23, 2020.

A reaper is busy harvesting rice in Huaiyin District, Huai’an City, Jiangsu Province on October 23, 2020.

China has kept exploring ways to increase grain production to reach self-sufficiency. During China's 13th Five-year plan (2016-2020), the country's annual grain output has maintained at around 650 million tons and the per capita grain output is over 470 kilograms, which is higher than the world average. In 2019, total grain output reached 663.85 million tons, ranking the first in the world. Despite the COVID-19 outbreak and the catastrophic floods along the Yangtze River, this year's summer harvest increased by 0.9 percent over 2019.

Meanwhile, China has steadily updated its policies and improved its measures to support grain production. On March 6, China published the 2020 Crop Production Plan. It set a goal for minimum total planted area of rice, wheat and corn at 93 million hectares, including 53.3 million hectares area for rice and wheat. It has expanded subsidies for major grain-producing areas. Beijing optimized the subsidy policy for corn and soybean growers.

As food decides national prosperity and the people's wellbeing, food security is a major prerequisite for national security. China has always prioritized food security in state governance. Through hard work and development, China now has enough food to feed its population of nearly 1.4 billion, and has remarkably improved the people's nutrition and life quality. This is also a key contribution to world food security.

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Editor: zhangrui
26-10-20 10:02 BJT
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