February 15, 2022
China calls for soybean production expansion
Hu Chunhua, China's Vice Premier, called for the country to expand soybean production at a meeting in Shandong province, Reuters reported.
The Vice Premier also focused on stabilising planted grains acreage and firming up protection of farmland, reinforcing central leadership policies.
The country's top policymakers called for safeguarding production of grains and oilseed expansion in 2022 at the yearly central rural work conference at the end of 2021.
China's Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs said last month that one way to boost soybean production is through intercropping of soybeans with corn.
The ministry also said in a five-year plan for agriculture that the country will cultivate land specifically for soybeans and raise yield of the crop. The aim is to produce about 23 million tonnes of soybeans a year by end-2025, which is 40% higher than current output.
Li Keqiang, China's Premier, urged in the same meeting for good field management and pest disease prevention, as the country's looks to achieve a bumper harvest of summer grain, mostly wheat.
Li said the winter wheat crop was in relatively poor condition. Rains have postponed wheat planting at some regions in the country, which could delay crop development. The government said excess moisture could result in crop disease.