Despite rising imports, China is committed to feeding its people on its own, though it will also take advantage of the global market, Minister of Agriculture Han Changfu reaffirmed on Friday [6 December 2013]. The country’s grain output is expected to reach 601 million metric tons for 2013, a record high and the 10th bumper harvest year in a row, Han said, adding that his ministry also has seen a steady growth in farmers’ incomes. “It’s true that following consecutive output increases, our grain imports have been rising in recent years,” Han said, citing population growth, accelerated urbanization and consumer demand…Full article: China Daily Dec 2013

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  • Although China has large wheat stockpiles, the country is reliant on imports of high grade flour for the production of bread

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