The State Grain and Oil Information Center has cut its forecast
of China's 2006 grain output by more than one million tons after
considering bad weather in parts of the country this year.
The center said China's maize output would reach 141 million
tons in 2006, a increase of 1.2 percent from last year. But the
total would be one million tons less than the forecast in
The downward adjustment was mainly due to the severe droughts
this summer in Sichuan, Chongqing in southwest China and Liaoning
in northeast China.
The country's wheat output will reach 102.97 million tons this
year, compared with last month's prediction of 103.1 million
Among the oil-bearing crops, the center said soybean output
would amount to 15.9 million tons, a fall of 2.7 percent, or
450,000 tons less than 2005.
(Xinhua News Agency September 6, 2006)