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Seven Good Years For China

China’s 2010 grain harvest rose for the seventh year in a row with total output at a record 546.41 million tonnes, up 2.9 per cent from last year, the National Bureau of Statistics said Dec. 3.

The bureau attributed the bumper harvest to good weather, particularly in the four northeast provinces, the country’s major grain area, which has the best moisture and sunshine. The harvest is completed, with output calculated based on samples in 31 provinces, said the bureau.

Grain harvests in Jilin, Liaoning, Heilongjiang and Inner Mongolia, also major corn areas, were 13.4 per cent higher on year with output at 117.79 million tonnes this year, the bureau said.

Output recovered from last year when drought led to lower production, it said.

An increase in the sowing area coupled with a higher yield also contributed to this year’s higher harvest, it said.

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