Chinese Ministry of Agriculture announces plans to add 10 billion kg to its corn production in northwest area by end of 2015 to meet growing demand

CHANGCHUN, China , May 8, 2013 () – Chinese Ministry of Agriculture plans to add its corn production by 10 billion kilograms in the northwest area at the end of the 2011-2015 period to meet the growing demand.

In a symposium held on Tuesday, the Ministry stated it will take measures to boost the per unit corn yield by 1,500 kg per hectare in 6.67 million hectares of areas, which make up half of the corn-growing areas in northwest China, one of China's major corn-growing region.

Corn took the place of paddy to become China's No.1 grain crops in 2012 in terms of growing-area and total yield.

The ministry has launched a campaign to increase corn yield through sci-tech means in northeast China since 2012. According to the plan, it will promote technologies of increasing the corn yield by 1,500 kg per hectare in 4 million hectares of area in 2013. (By Zhang Aifang, zhangaf@xinhua.org)



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