Hard on the heels of stories about a growing “food trade deficit”:http://www.inquit.com/article/323/chinas-food-imports-in-perspective comes this (from official sources) bq. China’s summer grain and early rice output this year have posted a first-ever increase after declining for the past several consecutive years, said Vice Premier Hui Liangyu Thursday. (“China Daily”:http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/english/doc/2004–08/26/content_369210.htm) |China’s Grain Production|||||
|Production| |Million tons| | |
| Wheat|96.0 |102.0 |93.9|90.3|
| Rice|183.8 |185.2 |177.6|174.5|
| Corn|98.8 |112.0 |114.1|121.3|
| Sorghum|4.9 |4.8 |2.7|3.3|
| Millet|3.4 |3.0 |2.0|2.2|
| Tubers|27.2 |32.1 |35.6|36.7|
| Others 1/|21.3 |27.5 |26.8|28.8|
| Total 2/|435.3 |466.6 |452.6 |457.1| 1/ Soybeans, pulses, and other miscellaneous grains. All of these items are included in China’s definition of total grain.
2/ Using China’s definition of total grain.
Source: USDA—using data from China National Bureau of Statistics.
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