China sees good autumn grain production

Added On September 2, 2021

An official said Wednesday China continued to see sound fundamentals to reap a bumper autumn grain harvest this year, despite severe disasters triggered by extreme weather in parts of the country.

Wei Baigang, a spokesperson with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs said the impact of the disasters on China's agriculture sector is generally less severe than previous years, and the disasters affected production only in parts of the country and the impact was not long-lasting.
Wei said more than 4.8 million hectares of crops have been hit by disasters in China since June, down approximately 2.63 million hectares from a year ago and the lowest compared with the same period during the past five years.
Wei added that the regions severely hit by disasters accounted for a small proportion of the area growing autumn grain in the country.
China's central province of Henan, ravaged by heavy floods in summer this year, reported about 730,000 hectares of disaster-affected autumn grain, accounting for less than 1 percent of the national cultivated area for autumn grain.
Wei noted of the 13 major grain-producing regions, areas other than Henan have witnessed sound momentum in autumn grain production, northeast China is likely to see more output of corn and rice.
He said with the large-scale harvest of autumn grain coming, Chinese authorities have made preparations for disaster prevention and are confident of reaping a bumper autumn harvest in 2021.