China's agriculture sector sees rapid growth over past 70 years

Xinhua | Published: August 07, 2019 18:09:20 | Updated: August 11, 2019 19:54:05

Tea farmers pick tea leaves at an ecological tea garden at Chaoyang Village of Xingcun Township in Wuyishan, southeast China's Fujian Province, April 14, 2019. - Xinhua

China's agriculture sector has seen rapid growth over the past 70 years, with grain output expanding 4.8 times, according to a report from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).

China's grain output grew at an average annual rate of 2.6 per cent from 1949 to reach 658 billion kg in 2018, managing to feed around 20 per cent of the world's population with only less than 9.0 per cent of the world's arable land, according to the report.

The country increased the diversity of food supply by developing the breeding industry, with the output of aquatic products ranking first in the world since 1989, which stood at 64.6 million tonnes in 2018, 143 times higher than 1949.

The structure of the agriculture industry was continuously optimised, with a modern pattern promoting all-round development of farming, forestry, animal husbandry and fishery replacing the traditional farming pattern, the NBS said.

Scale operation of agriculture was enhanced by the progress of rural land circulation. Over 35 million hectares of family contracted farmland was circulated in 2018, posing a sharp contrast to the 58 million mu in 2004.

The country also fostered new types of entities of agricultural production and service. By the end of 2018, 600, 000 family farms and 2.17 million farmer cooperatives had been registered.

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