It is possible that the grain harvest target for the whole year can be achieved if measures to fight against natural calamities are strictly executed, Yu Xinrong, Vice Minister of Agriculture, was quoted by the newspaper as saying. The natural calamities only have impacted autumn grain crops in certain regions, and crops in most other areas such as northern and northwestern parts of China have grown well, Yu noted. By August 16 [2013], over 100 million mu (6.67 million hectares) of farmland in 13 provinces in southern China have been affected by the drought, which is the most serious natural calamity to happen in the last 10 years, according to the latest data from the Ministry of Agriculture.…Full-text article: Global Times Aug 2013

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  • According to the article, flooding has adversely affected 10 million mu (~666,667 hectares) of cropland in northeastern China

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