Agriculture experts worry that a severe drought that began in June may damage the rice harvest in central and eastern China this year, but add that it’s too early to know whether the entire country will be affected. “Rice fields in Anhui, Zhejiang and Jiangsu provinces have been severely affected by heat and drought this summer,” said Li Maosong, director of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences’ agriculture information office. “Now is the crucial time to grow rice.”…Full-text article: China Daily Aug 2013

Key point

  • According to the Zhejiang Agricultural Bureau, the drought has adversely affected 170,000 hectares of farmland in the province

ChinaAg Comment

  • Chinese rice production is spread out across the country, with highest concentration located around the Yangtze River. In 2011, Hunan province produced 25.7 million MTs of rice, which accounted for approximately 13% of Chinese output. The next largest producers were Heilongjiang province at 20.6 million MTs or 10% of Chinese output, and Jiangxi province at 19.5 million MTs (also 10%).

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