Beijing wants to reduce maize cultivation

China wants to restrict its acreage for corn in 2016 and switch to other crops. The Chinese Minister of agriculture in a Conference of agricultural ministers said today. The Government in Beijing is due to its high intervention stocks under pressure. Farmers should avoid in the future on the cultivation of beans or other coarse grains or produce more roughage for feeding purposes, as long as it fits. Also maize silage would be questioned, so Minister Han Changfu.
Four provinces in the northeast of the country, including Heilongjiang and Jilin, produce about 40% of Chinese corn harvest. The strongest growing restrictions should be made there. Due to the deterioration of the soil conditions and water scarcity to China will no longer put on the increase of crops, but wants safe food produce and import more if necessary, solve the environmental problems.
Of silo maize cultivation, China aims to promote in the long term the livestock industry. In the short term that is dismantle but not the large inventories of corn, especially since a more large maize harvest in sight is. With high corn prices, the Government has so far supported the rural population in Beijing. The prices are up to 30% of the world market. As a result, high amounts of corn and feed imported substitutes. This year, the Chinese corn acreage has been expanded again. Already store in the State warehouses more than 120 million tons of corn, which can meet the demand of the population for more than eight months. In October, but already pending the next bumper crop.

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