Drought threatens China wheat production
www.chinaview.cn 2009-02-04 07:16:04   Print
Lack of rainfall has led to severe drought in northern China, affecting more than 140 mln mu of wheat.
Severe drought in N China was expected to continue as no rain has been forecasted for next 10 days.
The MOA warned that more wheat crop could perish if drought continues to linger.

 roll of irrigating plastic pipe is seen on an arid wheat field in Shuanglong Village, Lixin County of east China's Anhui Province, Jan. 22, 2009.

roll of irrigating plastic pipe is seen on an arid wheat field in Shuanglong Village, Lixin County of east China's Anhui Province, Jan. 22, 2009. (Xinhua Photo)
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    BEIJING, Feb. 3 (Xinhua) -- Lack of rainfall has led to severe drought in northern China, affecting more than 140 million mu (9.3 million hectares) of wheat, said the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) on Tuesday.

    By February 2, 141 million mu wheat in six major grain production provinces, including Henan, Anhui, Shandong, Shanxi, Gansu and Shaanxi, were hit by drought, Agriculture Minister Sun Zhengcai said at a video conference called to coordinate drought relief efforts.

    The drought is casting a shadow over China's wheat production, as almost 43 percent of the winter crop has been affected. In comparison, nine million mu of wheat suffered from drought in the same period last year.

    Sun said little rainfall since last October was the main reason for the prolonged drought in most parts of the northern areas, and frequent cold snaps this winter made the situation worse.

    According to Monday's weather report by China Meteorological Administration, severe drought in north China was expected to continue as no rain has been forecasted for the next ten days.

    The MOA warned that more wheat crop could perish if drought continues to linger.

    To cope with the problem, the MOA asked agricultural departments of every level to collect all of their strength to channel water, enhance irrigation and fertilization.

    MOA has sent 12 working teams of experts to the drought-hit provinces, to help farmers on drought relief work.

    By Monday, The Ministry of Finance has allocated 100 million yuan (14.6 million U.S. dollars) in emergency funding to help farmers weather the difficulties.

    In related development, drought has affected about 1.74 million hectares of crop and caused an economic loss of 1.6 billion yuan (234 million U.S. dollars) in east China's Anhui province, the provincial authority on drought relief said on Tuesday.

    The life of some 12.87 million people is threatened by the drought, the provincial civil affairs bureau said.

    The provincial government has allocated 10 million yuan from the governor's reserve fund for drought relief. It has also earmarked 15 million yuan to subsidize farmers buying irrigation equipment. The annual 300 million yuan in agricultural material subsidies will be paid to farmers earlier than normal years.

    The government also plans to carry out artificial precipitation when weather permits.

(Weather in China )



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Photo taken on Feb. 2, 2009 shows the droughty rape field in Zhaobao Township of Luoyang city, central China's Henan Province.

Photo taken on Feb. 2, 2009 shows the droughty rape field in Zhaobao Township of Luoyang city, central China's Henan Province. (Xinhua Photo)
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    BEIJING Feb. 4 -- It has not rained in Beijing since October 26, a period of 100 days, making this the longest drought on record since 1971. The meteorological department says the dry weather will continue through early February but in the second half of the month the capital may see 4 or 5 millimeters of snow.Full story

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 Photo taken on Feb. 2, 2009 shows the droughty reservoir in Yiyang County of Luoyang city, central China's Henan Province.

Photo taken on Feb. 2, 2009 shows the droughty reservoir in Yiyang County of Luoyang city, central China's Henan Province. (Xinhua Photo)
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Drought threatens China wheat production

    BEIJING, Feb. 3 (Xinhua) -- Lack of rainfall has led to severe drought in northern China, affecting more than 140 million mu (9.3million hectares) of wheat, said the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) on Tuesday.

    By February 2, 141 million mu wheat in six major grain production provinces, including Henan, Anhui, Shandong, Shanxi, Gansu and Shaanxi, were hit by drought, Agriculture Minister Sun Zhengcai said at a video conference called to coordinate drought relief efforts. Full story

Droughts put north China on red alert

    According to the Office of State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters on Sunday, the droughts in northern China have affected about 145 million mu (9.67 million hectares) of crops, and have left 3.7 million people and 1.85 million livestock with poor access to drinking water.

    Secretary of the office E Jingping said the headquarters sent four working teams to eight provinces to supervise the drought relief work. Full story

Relief work enhanced as severe drought expands in N China

    BEIJING, Feb. 1 (Xinhua) -- Severe drought in northern China has affected about 145 million mu (9.67 million hectares) of crops, 40 million mu more than the same period last winter, according to the Office of State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters on Sunday.

    About 137 million mu of wheat cropland was threatened by the drought, which began last November, including 39.9 million mu seriously affected. Full story

N China to face continuous drought, persistent efforts needed

    BEIJING, Feb. 2 (Xinhua) -- Severe drought in north China was expected to continue as no rain has been forecasted for the next ten days, the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) and the China Meteorological Administration (CMA) said Monday.

    The ministries said the current situation remained grim and called for prolonged fight against the extreme drought that began last November. Full story

Editor: Lu Yanan
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