October 20, 2008


China's grain output to hit record high this year (2008)


China's grain output is expected to hit a record high this year, the fifth year in a row, said Li Xiaochao, spokesman for the National Bureau of Statistics on Monday, 13 October 2008.


China's summer grain output rose 2.6 percent on year to 120.41 million tonnes, and the acreage of autumn grain is estimated to have increased, Li told a press conference on the third-quarter economic situation, confirming data on summer grain output released earlier.


Output of cotton and sugar crops remain largely stable, while output of oilseeds and hogs increased from last year.