July 8, 2011


China sees good 2011 grain harvest; output growth uncertain


Despite unfavourable weather, the Chinese government is "confident" there will be a good grain harvest this year, but whether the country could increase its grain output for an eighth consecutive year remained unclear, a top official said.


A good harvest will help ease inflationary pressure on agricultural product prices, said Chen Xiwen, general director of the Office of the Central Rural Work Leading Group.


The effect of flooding that swept through downstream provinces on the Yangtze River last month "is quite limited," Chen added.


"We have achieved a marvellous harvest for the first half of this year," he said. "Everything now depends on the autumn crops."

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