13-01-2014 12:41 PM | China

China to allow more farm imports

A draft of the annual agricultural policy statement shows the government is considering cutting the ratio of the nations total food crop relative to consumption to 80 percent from 95 percent, said the people, who asked not to be identified as the document is still under review.

China would continue to grow and stockpile enough rice and wheat to feed itself during any time of war or trade embargo, they said, before the possible release of the final paper later this month.

"Farm output is unlikely to keep pace with food demand over the next 10 to 20 years as more arable land and water are diverted to the industrial economy,'' the official People's Daily said last month, citing Han Jun, the deputy head of the State Councils Development and Research Centre.
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