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More measures taken to safeguard wheat harvest

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28 July 2023, China: All-out efforts have been made to minimize the impact of continuous rainfall in late May that coincided with the wheat harvest, an official from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs said. 

The rainfall affected 1.86 million hectares (27.9 million mu) of crops, most of it in Henan province, according to Pan Wenbo, head of the ministry’s Department of Crop Production. 

The rainfall has had a limited impact on other major wheat-producing provinces, such as Shandong, Anhui, Hebei and Jiangsu, which have all seen an increase in the summer grain harvest, Pan said. 

This summer’s harvest is 1.275 million metric tons less than last summer, and represents a 0.9 percent decrease. 

Pan said that this slight drop will have a limited impact on the grain market, as China had seen an increase in its wheat harvest for four consecutive years from 2019 to last year, and so the country has abundant stocks of wheat. 

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