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Claims of grain shortage dismissed
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Farmers in Foshan, Guangdong province, harvest rice. File photo

The supply of grain in Guangdong province is stable, the province's grain administration and agricultural department said yesterday.

The province has sufficient reserves to feed its people for five months, the authorities said.

They denied a report published earlier this month by China Economic Weekly that said Guangdong is facing the biggest grain deficiency in the country - as much as 24 million tons a year.

The provincial administration of grain released a report last week on current supplies and prices.

Grain storage in Guangzhou is sufficient to meet the city's demand for 10 days, while Shenzhen's storage is enough for 25 days, the report said.

Guangdong has maintained its maximum grain productivity, 14 million tons a year, for many years. This amount accounts for 40 percent of the province's demand.

About 24 million tons of grain are imported from other provinces, such as Hunan, Guangxi, Jiangxi, Anhui and Jilin, the administration said.

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