China is on track to meet its target of having 1.818 billion mu of farmland (121.2 million hectares) by the end of 2015, the Ministry of Land and Resources (MLR) said on Wednesday [22 April 2015]. China’s total area of arable land stood at 2.027 billion mu at the end of 2013, showed the most up-to-date MLS data. The 2015 “red line” target was set to ensure grain security as accelerating urbanization has threatened to encroach on farmland…Full Article: China Daily Apr 2015

Key Point

  • According to the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, China’s grain output will increase by 0.5% in 2015. In 2014, China’s grain output increased by 0.9%.

ChinaAg Comments

  • According to China’s Minister of Agriculture, by 2020, the country’s demand for grains will reach 700 million MTs. In general, the country has the stated goal of cultivating at least 120 million hectares of farmland (~106 million ha must be grains).
  • According to China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), in 2015, China will transition 667,000 ha of agricultural land to forest/grassland in an effort to safeguard the environment.
  • In 2014, China produced 607 million MTs of grain (e.g. rice, wheat, corn, beans, and tubers). In 2013, China produced nearly 602 million MTs of grains.

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