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China Needs Farmland Protection

07 January 2015

CHINA - With such a large population but limited farmland resources, China must maintain its farmland above the minimum threshold of 120 million hectares at all times, a "red line" which must be observed Premier Li Keqiang told the National Video Conference on Permanent Basic Farmland Designation and Protected Agriculture Land Management.

The premier (pictured) said that China must attach equal importance to the quantity and quality of farmland to ensure its food security.

While protected agriculture is needed to promote modern agriculture, a specific land policy shall be introduced to regulate its land use with enhanced supervision.

Local governments, while pressing ahead with rural land reform and urbanisation, should apply the strictest farmland protection system and land-saving system to ensure China's food supply, and conserve the resources for future generations.

Mr Han Changfu, Minister of Agriculture and Mr Jiang Daming, Minister of Land and Resources also addressed the conference jointly organised by the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Land and Resources this week and made specific instructions. 

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