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CCM: Highlights of Crop Farming in China 2017

In February 2017, the Ministry of Agriculture of the People’s Republic of China revealed the Highlights for Crop Farming Industry 2017. Market intelligence firm CCM has analysed the issue and pointed out the most important developments in China’s farming industry in this year, which also will have an effect on the agrochemicals industry, as pesticides consumption is inevitably connected to the trend of crop farming.

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The main points of the new Highlights for Crop Farming Industry 2017 issue by the Ministry of Agriculture of the People’s Republic of China can be summed up in a planting structure optimisation plan of the Government, a focus on more water-saving agricultural methods, and the effort to concentrate on more quality in agriculture products in China. CCM has briefed the main points and explains the effect on the farming industry in China for 2017.

Optimisation of the planting structure

Following the trend of 2016, China’s government plans to continue reducing the planting area of corn to lower the massive corn storage and over-supply, that is leaving its mark on the corn market in China. The focus is set on the areas, that are not really suitable for corn production anyway, like the cold regions in northern China or the desert regions in the south-west. Affected farmers will be encouraged to switch their planting from corn to soybeans, potatoes, or alfalfa, which are meeting more domestic demand.

Another area of effect is the effort on regional and special crop planting. Special crops, like cereals, melons, tea, flowers, and traditional Chinese medicine herbs, are supposed to increase the quality of the products and ensure high competitive advantages in regional markets. The local governments will offer financial support to the farmers and establish designated areas for planting.

What’s more, the development of potatoes, including the research for more and advanced potato varieties, will be supported by the government. Also, optimisation of production techniques as well as the commercialization is going to be in the centre of interest in 2017, to enrich the product structure and improve overall quality.

Agriculture that saves water

The Chinese government is planning to focus the future of the agriculture sector into a water-saving one. Hence, drought-tolerant crops will be increasingly planted in arid regions. Underground water-irrigated rice will be more controlled in the northeast of China, according to the plan of stop growing rice in three years.

The government will provide subsidies for implementing more dry farming techniques, including plastic mulch, drip irrigation, and chemical agents. The goal is to increase drought resistance on a broad scale. Finally, water conservation will be enhanced, by using water-saving irrigation and optimising water supply facilities. Some water-saving demonstration zones are ought to show the farmers the effect and benefits, to promote this kind of planting for the future.

Enhanced quality of agricultural products

For the next years, China is going to focus on the enhanced quality of grains, oils, cotton, sugar crops, fruits, vegetables and tea. Therefore, the planting area for cotton will be expanded and sugar beet planting is going to be developed, especially in northern areas of China. This includes better infrastructure and the Implementation of agricultural protection zones.

Finally, planting bases for enhanced fruit, tea, and vegetable varieties are going to be established to ensure better quality. 

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