China to Ensure Food Supply as Land Reforms are Pushed Forward
China is making sure that there will be sufficient food supplied as they push forward with land reforms, which is based on a statement during the annual Central Rural Work Conference. The government identified food security as one of its biggest challenges in the next ten years s population increases and tracts of farmland have already been swallowed due to rapid urban and industrial growth.
Although food security is at the bottom line of agricultural reform, China in the recent years released a series of reforms that eases restrictions on the transfer of collectively owned land. Furthermore he government is protecting farmland and ensure grain output in major producing regions while trying ti ensure food self-sufficiency. Preferential policies were offered to large scale farms to help lower costs and reduce inventories of farm products.
And last August, China launched a pilot program that allowed farmers to use their land and property as collateral for loans in efforts too boost support for the cash starved farm sector. While all the time China stuck to the red line in arable land wherein minimum areas is mandated by the government and reserved for growing food crops that will ensure food security.