June 27, 2011


China expecting "strong" summer grain harvest



Officials have reported no major problems with China's summer grain harvest, despite severe drought and floods.


Agriculture Minister Han Changfu expects the summer harvest, which consists largely of wheat, to be "strong" this year, in a report on his ministry's website published Thursday (Jun 23).


Han did not provide estimates on the volume of grain to be harvested.


Last year's summer grain harvest fell 0.3% compared with the previous year, to 123.1 million tonnes, prompting concern about China's grain output and a boom in global agriculture commodity prices.


China's grain harvest is about 90% complete, said officials.

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