June 8, 2011

China's 2011 wheat imports seen at 1.2 million tonnes


China is likely to import 1.2 million tonnes of wheat in 2011, the same amount as in 2010, according to the state-backed China National Grain and Oils Information Centre Tuesday (Jun 7).

"China's policy has been basically to rely on domestic production when it comes to grains," said Weilu Yang, deputy director of the centre.

Yang said it was likely that in 10 years time China would be self-sufficient in food grains.

In May the centre raised its output projections across major grain categories for the year, an indication that policy efforts to maintain or increase self-sufficiency in grains - corn, wheat, rice and tubers - while allowing for more imports of oilseeds, such as soy and rapeseed, are having the intended effect.

While corn is expected to see the most significant production increase this year, wheat production will likely rise 0.3% to 115.5 million tonnes, the agency said in its May report.

In April, China's wheat imports fell 92% on-year due to expectations of a robust mid-year domestic harvest, according to final trade data issued by customs authorities in late May.

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