China's State Council has pledged to instigate policies to
help boost the country's grain production and increase the income of farmers in the face
of falling wheat output.
By the end of this year's harvest the country's
wheat output will be 5 percent lower than last years the fourth consecutive yearly fall and the
lowest level since the mid-1980s, according to a report from the State Cereal and Oil
The information centre attributed the reduction in
wheat output to the shrinking cropping area. Only 22 million hectares were planted with
grain this year, the smallest area since 1950, and 7.9 percent down from 2002.