Food production rises in China

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|||||
| |1991|1995|2001|2002|
|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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