More than 185 m tons of autumn grain purchased in China from 2021 to 2022, up by 25 m tons
Published: May 12, 2022 10:58 PM
A farmer checks newly-harvested wheat in Tancheng County, Linyi City, east China's Shandong Province, June 23, 2021. China reaped another bumper summer harvest in 2021, the country's agriculture minister said Wednesday. This has laid a solid foundation for ensuring that the total grain output this year would remain at above 650 billion kilograms, Tang Renjian, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, said during an inspection tour in the city of Sanhe, in north China's Hebei Province. (Photo by Zhang Chunlei/Xinhua)
A farmer checks newly-harvested wheat in Tancheng county, Linyi city, East China's Shandong Province, June 23, 2021. Photo:Xinhua

China's main producing areas have purchased a total of 370.5 billion jin (185.25 million tons) of autumn grain, an increase of 50 billion jin year-on-year from 2021, marking a successful conclusion of national autumn grain purchase, said National Food and Strategic Reserves Administration on Thursday.

In terms of the total amount of autumn grain purchased, it has been relatively high in recent years, with an increase of 16 percent. As for the types of grains purchased, middle-late stage rice reached 132.6 billion jin, and corn 233.1 billion jin, an increase of 39.1 billion jin year-on-year, the grains with the highest purchase volume and the largest increase.

Soybeans amounted to 4.8 billion jin, basically the same as the previous year.

This year, while doing a good job in epidemic prevention and control, all localities and departments will continue to focus on grain production, further increase investment in agricultural infrastructure projects, such as high-standard farmland construction, enhance agricultural disaster response level and improve comprehensive grain production capacity,the administration said.

Additionally, the authorities mentioned that grain production in summer should be better than expected as relevant departments at all levels and grain enterprises have made preparations for the purchase of summer grain in advance.

The harvest also comes as the conflict between Russia and Ukraine triggered a rise of international grain prices over the recent months. Observers pointed out that the crisis in Ukraine has had a limited impact on domestic food prices and supplies of agricultural products. However, they made calls to be vigilant of the development of the situation.

China significantly increased grain exports on a monthly basis in April, even as more countries restricted food exports or intervened food trade. Grain exports totaled 312,000 tons in April, up 97.4 percent month-on-month. From January to April, grain exports totaled 916,000 tons, according to statistics released on Monday by the General Administration of Customs of China.