February 13, 2012
China's Heilongjiang to enlarge high-yield grain area in 2012
As part of its efforts to boost grain output, the Heilongjiang province of Northeast China will still enhance its sowing acreage for corn and paddy this year, according to the local government.
Promotion of cold-resistant corn seeds and improving irrigation facilities lay a foundation for further expansion of the province's high-yield crop area and also provide guarantee for stabilising grain output.
Early rice planting usually starts from early April, whereas corn planting begins from May.
Heilongjiang produced 55.7 million tonnes of grain last year, the highest among the country's major grain producing provinces and regions.
However, the province was likely to witness a drop in planting area of soy crops in 2012, the local agriculture department said earlier.
Affected by relatively low profit margin in planting soy, Heilongjiang's soy area has declined for three years running. Its soy output stood at 5.42 million tonnes last year, a slump of 12.7% from 2008.