Home / Business / News Tools: Save | Print | E-mail | Most Read | Comment
Grain output to exceed 510 m tons this year
Adjust font size:

China expects an increase in grain output for the fifth consecutive year, with production to exceed 510 million tons, the State grain information center said.

"We estimate that this year's harvest will be 511.5 million tons, up more than 10 million tons from 2007," the center's vice-director Yang Weilu was quoted as saying by China Securities Journal Monday.

Rice production will be 185.49 million tons, up 1.01 million tons from last year, while wheat will increase 2.64 million tons to 109.86 million tons, the center said.

The country is also likely to harvest 151.83 million tons of corn and 17.54 million tons of beans, up 4.17 million and 3.46 million tons respectively.

Yang said there should be no major fluctuations in the country's grain prices.

"More grain reserves led by the expected production increase, and State price controls, will ensure stable grain prices," he said.

China has adopted multiple measures and policies since late last year in a bid to stabilize grain prices and promote agricultural production, including curbing the export of grain, raising subsidies for farmers and tackling fertilizer price increases.

Ministry of Agriculture statistics show that China has mainly relied on itself to feed its population.

Imported meat

In another development, the Chinese authorities have stepped up inspection and quarantine measures on meat products imported from a Canadian company involved in a fatal bacterial outbreak.

Nine people in Canada have so far been confirmed to have died as of Friday from listeriosis caused by contaminated meat products of Maple Leaf Foods, Canadian health officials said.

The company's Toronto plant 97B, where the contamination took place, has never sold products to China, while Canada has halted China-bound exports from the company's other related facilities, the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine said.

"We will closely watch the situation and take timely measures to keep the tainted products out for the safety of Chinese consumers," the administration said.

The Canadian company has closed down its Toronto factory and issued a recall of more than 270 products after a consumer died from eating its tainted cooked meat on August 20.

The Public Health Agency of Canada said there were 29 confirmed cases of the outbreak in the country and 35 cases under investigation as of Friday.

Listeriosis can cause flu-like symptoms, such as stiff necks, headaches, nausea and fever. Pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems are at greatest risk of being infected.

(Xinhua News Agency September 2, 2008)

Tools: Save | Print | E-mail | Most Read
Pet Name
China Archives
Related >>
- China closes in on grain output goal
- Grain output to reach 540 billion kgs by 2020
- Summer grain output likely exceeds 120 mln tons
- Grain output to remain stable this year
- Disasters 'Won't Hit' Grain Output
- Increase Grain Output: Ministry
Most Viewed >>
- Post-Olympic blues no real threat to economy
- August CPI growth may be the year's lowest
- China inflation set to ease further
- China begins special export tariff on fertilizers
- Central bank to make lending "more flexible"
- Output of Major Industrial Products
- Investment by Various Sectors
- Foreign Direct Investment by Country or Region
- National Price Index
- Value of Major Commodity Import
- Money Supply
- Exchange Rate and Foreign Exchange Reserve
- What does the China-Pakistan Free Trade Agreement cover?
- How to Set up a Foreign Capital Enterprise in China?
- How Does the VAT Works in China?
- How Much RMB or Foreign Currency Can Be Physically Carried Out of or Into China?
- What Is the Electrical Fitting in China?