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China Expects Higher Rice Planted Acres

24 May 2011

CHINA - China may see increased planted acres of early rice this year, though the drought has not been relieved in some areas, said the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture on May 21.

According to China Daily, China is expected to plant 88.5 million mu (5.87 million hectares) of early rice this year, about 1.6 million mu more than the previous year, thanks to soaring rice prices and policy incentives, the statement said.

However, drought continues in Hubei province, Poyang Lake areas in Jiangxi province, Dongting Lake areas in Hunan province and Leizhou Peninsular in Guangdong province, the statement said.

The drought has affected about 3 million Mu of paddies in Hubei in the middle reaches of the Yangtze River, the statement said.

The statement urged local agricultural departments to help facilitate paddy management, as strong rains were forecast for southern China.

The middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River received about 40 to 60 percent less rain this year than in previous years -- this year being the least amount of rain in the past 50 years, said the State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters.

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