September 27, 2011


China presses for agricultural mechanisation


China's Ministry of Agriculture has called on agricultural authorities to coordinate their efforts to maximise mechanical advantages in the current autumn crop harvest.


Areas of corn crops harvested by machines will reach 145 million mu (9.67 million hectares) this autumn, accounting for 31% of the crop's total, while 69% or 240 million mu of rice crops will be reaped by machines, the ministry said.


The ministry will also lift machine-planted areas of winter wheat to 290 million mu, which will make up 86% of the crop's total, while areas of land cultivated by machines will increase by 10 million mu to 148 million mu, it added.


The ministry also urged local authorities to send technicians to help the use of agricultural machines and promote technologies for agricultural mechanisation.

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