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China to Hike Corn Acreage by 667,000 Hectares

Increased acreage is part of overarching plan to bolster food security for the world’s largest population

Corn Young plant corn field VIA PIXABAY Mar 2021

China will step up its corn planting acreage and treat more polluted land in 2021, the agriculture ministry said last week, as part of an overarching plan to bolster food security for the world’s largest population, reports Reuters.

The policy statement, which dates from January 8, came out after China strengthened its focus on food security in an annual rural policy blueprint issued on Sunday.

The boost of more than 667,000 hectares in corn planting acreage will come in China’s northeast and areas around the Yellow, Huai and Hai rivers in 2021, the ministry said, following a plan unveiled this year.

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