Steady grain production will ensure food security, says D-G

OFFICIALS say they are addressing the nation’s food issues internally and have the capacity to ensure the nation’s food security.  

Niu Dun, director-general of Department of International Co-operation under the Agriculture Ministry, expressed confidence in the steady growth of national grain production in the next few years.  

He made the remarks at the Senior Officers Meeting of the 27th Food and Agriculture Organisation Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific which closed in Beijing on Wednesday.  

Niu based his confidence on the country’s preferential policies on the development of the agriculture sector as well as market stimulus policies.  

Several such efforts have been implemented to boost grain production, including exemptions of agricultural taxes, direct subsidies for farmers in major grain-producing areas and an overall opening of the grain market, Niu said.  

In addition, promotion of agricultural technology and strict measures have been undertaken to protect farmland, he said.  

“All these measures will help enhance farmers’ grain production and keep steady farm produce growth,” he said. 

Since last October, grain prices have increased with some produce surging, contributing to farmers’ confidence in grain production, according to Niu. 

Grain production in the country had suffered a five-year decline and aroused serious domestic and international concerns over food security for the world’s most-populated country. – China Daily  

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