June 21, 2011


China sees rising summer grain harvests


Summer-harvest grain output in central China's Henan province, the nation's top wheat producer, will be larger than last year's 30.9 million tonnes, according to government reports on Monday (Jun 20).


Output of summer-harvest grain, most of which is wheat, increased for a ninth consecutive year in the province, despite a severe drought earlier this year, provincial government data showed.


The wheat harvest is complete in the province, reports said.


Summer-harvest grain output in Shandong province, the second-largest wheat producer, is also expected to rise this year, as an increase in output from irrigated wheat lands has offset a decrease in production in areas without irrigation facilities, according to officials from local agricultural department.


Wheat output in the provinces of Hebei and Anhui, the country's third- and fourth-largest wheat producers, will also rise, state media reported earlier.


In particular, wheat output in Anhui, where the harvest has also been completed, is expected to have risen 1.4% from a year earlier to 12.24 million tonnes this year, the reports said.

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