China’s agriculture minister says food security guaranteed after quake
Food security in China is guaranteed despite the recent major earthquake and heavy snowfalls earlier this year, China’s Agriculture Minister Sun Zhengcai said in an interview with Xinhua.
“The earthquake will not change the nation-wide situation of agricultural production this year since local output of the affected area is quite small compared to that of the whole country,” Sun said, who was attending a world summit here on soaring food prices, hosted by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) …
… If there are no more major disasters, China is expected to have a big summer harvest this year, with grain output set to rise for the fifth consecutive year. Even in southern China, oilseeds, which had been feared to drop due to the snowfalls, would reverse the declining trend in the previous three years.
Sun said as a huge, developing country with 1.3 billion people, China has always paid great attention to food and agricultural development.
The Chinese government will continue to adhere to the food security policy of basic self-sufficiency, complemented by imports and exports to readjust surplus and shortfalls, he said. (full text).