China boosts supply of seeds to help flood-hit province

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31 July 2021, China: China is working to ensure the supply of seeds for agricultural recovery in Central China’s Henan province, where the torrential rainfall caused casualties and property losses.

Enterprises in Henan have been active and can provide seeds which are expected to cover 3.36 million mu (224,000 hectares) of land, said the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs on July 27.

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Other regions including Shandong, Sichuan and Hebei will provide seeds that could cover 1.37 million mu of land.

The country will release seeds from its national reserves and provide 100,000 kg of vegetable seeds which can cover 240,000 mu of land and 50,000 kg of mung bean seeds which can cover 30,000 mu of land, the ministry said.

Enterprises from regions such as Jiangxi, Shandong, Beijing and Shaanxi have donated about 7,200 kg of seeds as of July 27.

The ministry said it will work with Henan closely to ensure seed supply for agricultural recovery.

The death toll from torrential rains in Henan has risen to 71, as of noon on July 27, said the information office of the provincial government at a press conference.

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