Self sufficiency ‘achieved’ in grain seeds: China

China’s grain output has exceeded 650 million metric tonnes for six consecutive years and the country has basically achieved self-sufficiency in terms of grain seeds, political adviser Wan Jianmin said during an interview to chinadaily.com.cn before the opening of the fourth session of the 13th National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference that will culminate with China unveiling its 14th 5-year plan for the 2021-25 period.

“We have enough food to eat and can buy rice and wheat flour whenever we want,” said Wan, who is also the vice-president of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences.

Wan also said that 96 per cent of plantations in the country are using domestically cultivated crop varieties, and some of the rice varieties have already reached the standards found in other rice producing nations like Japan and Thailand 

“The country’s demand for soybeans and corn keep increasing while the yields are lower than in other top crop producing nations,” he said.

The political advisor though admitted that there are still shortfalls in some varieties and in market regulation, which should be enhanced with targeted policies and technologies to further ensure food security and help people eat well. “The country’s demand for soybeans and corn keep increasing while the yields are lower than in other top crop producing nations,” he said.

China will enhance its efforts in protecting its germplasm resources by building seed banks, developing innovative technologies, cultivating major enterprises and protecting intellectual properties in the seed industry, he said.

A new seed bank preserving 1.5 million items of germplasm resources, the largest in the world, is expected be put into operation this year, Wan said.

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