China's grain output would
increase for the third consecutive year to more than 490 million
tons in 2006, according to the State Grain and Oil Information
The center slightly raised its 2006 maize, wheat and
rice production forecasts. But the soybean forecast was cut by
400,000 tons to 15.5 million tons.
Planting areas for maize and wheat rose slightly but
rice areas were stable at 29.2 million hectares.
Because of severe drought and insect pests this summer
in southwest China's Sichuan Province and Chongqing, and in central
Hubei Province, rice output will not exceed 180.74 million tons
In regard to oil-bearing crops, the center said the
soybean planting area would reach 9.1 million hectares, with 15.5
million tons, an output of 850,000 tons down - or 5.2 percent -
than in 2005.
(Xinhua News Agency October 11, 2006)