The General Office of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China has issued a guideline on the prevention of non-agricultural use of farmland and the stabilization of grain production in China.

The guideline calls for strict restrictions on the conversion of agricultural land to other types of land, such as for forestry and gardens.

Since China’s cultivated land is small, the document emphasizes the use of these limited resources in a reasonable and science-based manner, allocating them first to crops to ensure food security and an efficient supply of important agricultural products.

The guideline proposes encouraging the industrial and commercial sectors to invest capital in the cultivation of improved crop varieties, food processing and transportation, and specialized services related to grain production in the field. The document urges the relevant departments to optimize production structures, implement stricter policies regarding the protection of farmland and scientifically use arable land. Specifically it mentions that the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs and the Ministry of Natural Resources should take advantage of modern information technology, such as satellite remote sensing, to conduct crop surveys on agricultural land throughout China, and report on any use of such land for purposes other than grain production.

A few days earlier, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, speaking at the China Development Forum, reported that China expects grain production to reach an all-time high this year.

Pig333 | January 13