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Drought Threatens Farmers' Livelihoods

30 March 2010

CHINA - Farmers in China are seeing their livelihoods threatened by the recent drought in the country.

Many have nothing to harvest, with one farmer in the Yunnan province telling China Daily that he has not seen a single drop of rain since last summer.

"If the drought continues, I will have nothing to harvest all year round and will try to make a living as a migrant worker," he said.

The lack of rainfall has not only brought disaster on crops already in the ground, but also causes problems for future plowings and plantings.

Authorities are preparing plans to help farmers who cannot work the land to find jobs in other areas as migrant workers.

The agriculture bureau is to offer free vocational training to 200,000 farmers to help them through the dry spell.

Despite this drought damage, commodities brokerage Wanda Futures has told Bloomberg that crops in the affected area account for only a small proportion of overall grain production so prices should not be badly affected.

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