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Xi Jinping Calls for Strengthened Farmland Protection

Chinese President Xi Jinping recently stressed the importance of food security, calling for enhanced protection of China’s farmland, improved quality of the farmland, and full utilization of the potential of saline-alkali land to boost agricultural production.

On July 20, Xi chaired a meeting of the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) Central Financial and Economic Committee to study the issues of strengthening farmland protection and comprehensive improvement of saline-alkali land. The meeting notes say that China’s situation, with a large population and a small amount of land, has not changed, and that the country still faces prominent problems around use of farmland for non-agricultural purposes. The meeting stressed the need to “ensure that the red line of 1.8 billion mu (120 million hectacres) of farmland will never be broken.”

The meeting stated that the central government should motivate farmers and local governments to protect farmland and promote grain production, establish a mechanism to guarantee the income of grain farmers, and develop various forms of moderate-scale agricultural operations.

The meeting pointed out that the comprehensive improvement and utilization of saline-alkali land is an important aspect of farmland protection and improvement. China has a large amount of saline-alkali land, and the trend of saline-alkaliization of farmland in some areas is becoming more serious. The meeting notes said that it is of great significance that China launch a project of comprehensive improvement and utilization of saline-alkali land, fully tapping the potential of saline-alkali land, strengthening the improvement of existing saline-alkali farmland, and effectively curbing the trend of saline-alkaliization of farmland.

Source: Central News Agency (Taiwan), July 20, 2023