Modernization of agriculture in China will accelerate in the next decade

The transformation and modernization of agriculture in China will accelerate significantly in the next 10 years, and the level of agricultural modernization will constantly improve, according to a report released Monday.

The China Agricultural Outlook (2020-2029), issued by the China 2020 Agricultural Outlook Conference, summarizes and reviews the market situation of 18 important agricultural products in 2019, makes projections on production, consumption, trade and prices for the next 10 years, and analyzes the existing uncertainties.

China's focus on agricultural development will shift from increased production to improved quality. Production and supply of high-quality, safe, organic, organic products will increase significantly, the report says.

The structure of the edible grain varieties will continue to be optimized, and the growing area will decrease stably. Increasing productivity per unit will promote stable growth in rice and wheat production, with an average annual growth rate of less than 1 percent in the next 10 years, the report said.

The production of soy and milk will rise at an average annual rate of 3 percent, while that of corn, fruits and poultry will increase from 2 to 3 percent, while that of pork, beef and lamb, sugar, vegetables and potatoes will increase from 1 to 2 percent.

The report mentions that China's population growth will lead to continued growth in food consumption. Over the next 10 years, total national consumption of rice and wheat could increase by 2,4 and 11,8 percent, respectively.

Increased livestock production will lead to expanded consumption of coarse-grained animal feed and soy. Total national consumption of corn and soybeans could increase 18,7 and 14,5 percent, respectively.

The modernization of the structure of food consumption in China will stimulate the demand for animal products. Total national consumption of meat, eggs, dairy products and aquatic products could increase by 20,7, 8,9, 39,5 and 9,8 percent, respectively.

The quality and level of China's openness in the agricultural sector will improve further. International trade in agricultural products will actively increase, and China will remain the world's largest importer of agricultural products, the report indicates.

China's trade partnerships with the United States, Brazil, ASEAN, the European Union, Australia and countries participating in the Belt and Road Initiative will be strengthened. Agricultural imports will continue to increase and import sources will diversify further.

The China Agricultural Outlook Conference, organized by the Agricultural Information Institute of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, has issued the China Agricultural Outlook report for six consecutive years. The document updates agricultural monitoring information and guides agricultural production as well as the market adjustment for agricultural products.


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