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Drought Lowers Grain Output Target

06 April 2010

CHINA - The grain output target for south-west China has been lowered because of the lack of rain.

Following the worst drought in decades the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region reduced the target for 2010 by 1.02 per cent, the Xinhua news agency reported.

The dry conditions will curtail production, although the local government agreed it would keep grain output above 14.6 billion kgs - 150 million kgs less than the target set in January.

A local weather bureau official told the news provider that artificially-induced rain last week helped the situation but the long-term outlook is still uncertain.

The drought has left many farmers with nothing to harvest, with one in the Yunnan province telling China Daily last week that he has not seen any rain since last summer.

If rainfall does not come he will give up farming and try to earn money as a migrant worker, he explained.

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