China’s Wheat Growers Face Drought

Drought is the latest potential natural disaster in the making. The main wheat growing province, Henan, is very dry, having had half its normal rainfall since last September. The provincial meteorological bureau has just  issued its highest-level drought warning, Xinhua says.

The agriculture ministry said earlier this month that one third of the province’s crop was already drought affected. Shangdong and Hebei, the next two largest wheat growing provinces, are similarly drought-struck. The ministry says that a larger area is affected than was the case last year, when China nevertheless harvested its second largest wheat crop ever, at 112.5 million tonnes, a rise of 3% from 2007.

The government has allocated 100 million yuan ($14.6 million U.S. dollars) of emergency aid for  wheat farmers in those three provinces plus Shanxi, Anhui, Shaanxi and Gansu.

China holds large quantities of grain in reserve because of  frequent droughts in the northern plain, so drought is not likely to push up food imports.

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