China’s cereals imports will not rise sharply in the future despite an increase in the first ten months, Ministry of Agriculture spokesman Bi Meijia has said. Imports of cereals and flour from January to October jumped 46.3 percent year on year, despite the country’s grain yield this year increasing by 10.3 billion jin (5.15 million tonnes) from 2013. Bi said the figures did not represent a future trend, attributing the increase to lower international prices compared to domestic ones, and the need to meet diverse demand for grain…Full Article: The Global Times Dec 2014

The nation imported 72.49 million metric tons of cereal, including soybeans, rice, corn and wheat, between January and October. Wheat, rice and corn, the nation’s three food staples, have comprised only 2.4 percent of the country’s grain imports this year. Affected by farming conditions and high planting costs, China ordered 56.84 million tons of soybeans from the global market in the first 10 months of 2014…Full Article: China Daily Dec 2014

Key Point

  • According to the Ministry of Agriculture representative, China will not drastically increase its cereal imports since it would undercut the financial security of its farmers (~260 million farmers).

ChinaAg Comment

  • In 2011, China produced 201 million metric tons (MTs) of rice or approximately 28% of the global output. Chinese corn production totaled 192 million MTs or 22% of global output, while wheat production reached 117 million MTs or 17% the world’s wheat. China was a major producer of buckwheat, totaling 720,000 MTs or 31% of global output during the same year. China also produced 2 million MTs of sorghum (4% of global output), 1.6 million MTs of barley (1% of global output), and 1.5 million MTs of millet (6% of global output).

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