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CHINA AIMS TO RAMP UP GRAIN YIELDS, BOOST SEED INDUSTRY

China looks to increase its grain yields by 2025 and grow support for its domestic seed industry in the 2021 edition of its annual agricultural policy, known as the No. 1 document.

This year’s document, published by the State Council, puts more emphasis on food security in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. China plans to build a “national food security industry belt” that would connect all of the country’s key grain-producing areas, China plans to stabilize the production of soybeans, develop edible oilseed crops and diversify its imports of agricultural products. The document also puts new priority on the seed sector and aims for faster implementation of scientific advancements in breeding, as well as “industrial application of biological breeding,” which includes genetically modified crops. The document said the country should modernize its animal production systems. “They need a lot of feed and turning to all sources” including rice – “mostly lower quality rice that’s been in storage for a long time,” said USDA Outlook Board Chairman Mark Jekanowski recently.