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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.

Saturday, April 03, 2004

Wheat production Under Spotlight Again




peoples Daily:

China's Rural Crisis"The Chinese government discussed and adopted in principal 'the plan to promote nationwidehigh-quality grain production project from 2004 to 2010' in its executive meeting chaired by Premier Wen Jiabao in Beijing on April 2. "

The Chinese government continues to place emphasis on the rural crisis by highlighting once again the importance of wheat growing to the nation. This comes on the back of large increases in rural support for the grain industry announced Feb. 8 when the government increased public financing of farmland to around 3 billion dollars.

The industry has seen falling output since 1998 as a result of urbanisation, dwindling water supplies and rural poverty..