October 17, 200



China's Statistics Bureau Forecasts Lower 2003 Grain Output


The National Bureau of Statistics of China has forecast lower output for grain, oilseed and sugar crops this year due to falling acreage and unfavorable weather, according to a news letter from the bureau Friday.


The statistical bureau said cotton production in 2003 calendar year would be "basically unchanged" from last year, without providing a reason.


The bureau didn't provide any figures for this year's crop production.


In 2002, China produced a total of 457.1 million metric tons of gains, 29 million tons of oilseeds (excluding soybean), and 4.92 million tons of cotton.


In China, oilseeds usually includes sunflower seed, rape seed, peanut, and castor bean.


Soybean is usually listed alone.