October 16, 2008


Rising grain and meat demand in China to tax resources


China's future grain demand is expected to grow by 4 million tonnes a year and meat demand by 800,000 tonnes a year, according to China's Vice Minister of Agriculture.

China's current grain production is estimated at 500 million tonnes and meat production is estimated at 80.5 million tonnes.

China's agricultural development is currently facing constraints caused by the increasing shortage of agricultural resources and serious environmental problems, he said. 

Ensuring sufficient food supplies and sustaining development in the industry has become extremely difficult, he noted.

However, Wei also said that ensuring food self-sufficiency is a national requirement and China's obligation to the world.

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