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Premier Wen Inspects Agriculture in China

19 March 2012

CHINA - Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao visited Central China's Henan province over the weekend to inspect the country's major farming base and rally efforts for this year's grain harvest.

According to China Daily, the premier examined crop fields and visited local farmers and institutions for agricultural research, in order to gain an overall view of the spring agricultural production.

Wheat planting covers more than 79.9 million mu (5.33 million hectares) of farmland in Henan, including 60.84 million mu of high-quality wheat.

Wen said efforts should be made to bring the technological role to a full play, enhance management and formulate disaster prevention plans.

In Xiaoshi village of Linying county, Wen carefully examined the condition of the field and the wheat. A local agricultural professor told Wen that rainwater and low temperature since last December had contributed to the sound growth of wheat sprouts.

Wen said farmers' hard work and guidance offered by agricultural experts are key to harvest and should be appreciated. He also ordered officials to solve the problem of the lack of electricity for water sprinklers in the field.

He told villagers that "the minimum purchasing price for wheat will continue to increase this year," and that the government will continue to offer oil subsidies if international oil prices increase.

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