The Chinese government plans to invest more than RMB100 billion (US$15 billion) over the next five years to improve the country’s farmland.
The investment aims to improve about 4 million hectares of land and replenish an additional 670,000 hectares of arable land in its major grain producers — Hebei, Jilin, Heilongjiang, Jiangsu, Anhui, Jiangxi, Shandong and Hubei provinces and the Inner Mongolia and Guangxi autonomous regions.
If the plan goes smoothly, grain production capacity will increase by 10 million tons every year.
English.news.cn quoted Land and Resources Minister Xu Shaoshi as saying, "On one hand, we need to protect the arable land base for grain security; on the other hand, we need to satisfy land use for economic development. It is a dilemma."
China began improving its farmland in terms of per unit grain production capacity by upgrading the ecological environment for cultivation beginning in 2008.