The Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC) recently revealed that the total amount of farmland in China is approaching the “red line” of 1.8 billion Chinese acres (1 Chinese acre is 667 square meters), which is considered the minimum required acreage to sustain China’s population. Available farmland has been on the decline for the past 15 years. The committee noted that some of the key causes for the decline include real estate development, urban renewal projects, and industrial park construction. The committee called for “the strictest” implementation of farmland protection regulations.
Source: China Review News, February 25, 2011