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China Letter-News and Human Rights

China human rights news with focus on the Uygur of Xinjiang, Tibetans and Tibet, Chinese mining workers, religion, corruption and censorship.

Tuesday, March 30, 2004

China: Grain Crisis

Peoples Daily:

China's Rural Crisis"The Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee held a meeting Monday to study policies to increase grain production and encourage grain growers. "

Well I only discussed the issue of China's falling wheat production in a post yesterday and one today not knowing of course that President Hu Jintao would be chairing a meeting on the very issue.

Essentially wheat production has been falling quite dramatically for some years now and for a variety of reasons. In this article the Politburo is reported to have talked about increasing of rural incomes as one measure to attack the problem, but this only goes so far because a) average land plots are too small to be efficient and b) state ownership of property is a disincentive for private capital investment needed to agglomerate holdings and capitalise production.

Increasing rural incomes may alleviate poverty and go some way to decreasing the growing disparities in wealth between urbanites and country people but it will not grow anymore wheat.

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