China to increase grain output
Meeting demand in China will be difficult if demand continues to grow
China's cabinet has approved a plan to ensure grain production keeps pace with strong domestic demand and overcomes challenges such as climate change.
China aims to reach and maintain annual grain output of 500 million tonnes by 2010, and to increase output to more than 540 million tonnes a year by 2020.
Harsh weather and the development of arable land are hurting grain output.
Despite this, the government said China would be self-sufficient in the future and could meet rising consumer demands.
In order to achieve its goals, China has set out a "red line" defining 120 million hectares (296 million acres) of land as a necessary minimum to ensure at least 95% self-sufficiency in grain supply.