China must retain at least 1.865 billion mu (124.33 million hectares) of farmland in 2020, under a new target set by the Ministry of Land and Resources (MLR). The figure is down from the 2 billion mu registered at the end of 2015, but still above a government red line of 1.8 billion mu…Full Article: ECNS.cn June 2016

Key Point

  • In April 2016, China’s State Administration of Grain noted that country has an annual grains shortfall of 9.9 million MTs.

ChinaAg Comments

  • In 2016, China is scheduled to conduct its third national agriculture survey. The survey will cover China’s land use, land transfers, agricultural production, and industrial management of the country’s farming sector. From January to March 2007, China carried out its second national survey that covered the calendar year of 2006.
  • In 2015, according to the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, China’s grain output will increase by 0.5%. In 2014, China’s grain output increased by 0.9%.
  • 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).
  • 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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