China's grain output rises for 11th year

December 5, 2014 11:16 am 

BEIJING, Dec. 4 — China's grain output rose 0.9 percent from last year, reaching 607.1 million tonnes in 2014, according to data released on Thursday by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).

The latest figure marked grain output growth for the 11th year in a row since 2004.

The 0.9-percent growth followed a 2.1-percent rise registered in 2013, when total grain production amounted to 601.94 million tonnes.

Hou Rui, a senior NBS statistician, said that stable government policies toward agriculture, effective enforcement of policies and measures as well as technology contributed to the rise.

"Since the beginning of this year, the central government has rolled out a raft of favorable support policies including timely allocations of budget subsidies to boost agricultural production," Hou said.

The output rise was also the result of expansion of total acreage for grain crops this year amid measures taken to re-adjust crop types. Some central china regions, for instance, have cut cotton farming so that more land became available for grain crops, Hou said.

The total size of arable land for grain crops stood at 112,738,000 hectares this year, up 783,000 from a year ago, the NBS data showed.

Hou said the country has also increased subsidies to promote wider application of technology in grain production, resulting in an output rise per unit of arable land.

Heilongjiang, Henan, and Shandong provinces ranked the top three grain producers in the country in 2014. (PNA/Xinhua)

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