China achieves bumper summer grain harvest in 2019

Source: Xinhua| 2019-07-13 19:50:21|Editor: Wu Qin
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Farmers checks the growth of wheat in a field in Shibali Township of Qiaocheng District in Bozhou, east China's Anhui Province, May 21, 2019. (Xinhua)

BEIJING, July 13 (Xinhua) -- China's summer grain output stood at 141.74 million tonnes in 2019, up 2.1 percent from last year, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said Saturday.

"The country's summer grain harvest laid a sound foundation for grain production this year," NBS senior statistician Huang Bingxin said.

Huang said the harvest would benefit grain supply, stabilize consumer prices and support steady economic growth.

The total area for growing summer crops declined 1.3 percent year-on-year to 26.354 million hectares this year, while the average output from each hectare of crops increased 3.5 percent.

Huang said the planting area dropped mainly due to China's structural adjustment in the agricultural sector to increase the planting area of high quality crops.

Huang attributed the increase in average output per hectare to favorable weather conditions.