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China adopts new law aimed at protecting and ensuring food security

China's new Food Security Law took effect on June 3rd, as the country intensifies efforts to ensure the supply of grains and related products. This is aimed at mitigating food security risks and safeguarding economic, social, and national security.


Analysts state that the law provides legal guarantees to fortify China's food security. They emphasize that China's overall food security is well assured, and the central government will be able to firmly safeguard the food supply for the country's 1.4 billion people.


The law covers the entire grain supply chain, from production and reserves to circulation and processing. It encourages the development of the grain processing industry and ensures the supply and security of processed grain products.


Recognizing the importance of arable land protection, the law mandates the delineation and maintenance of redlines for farmland, permanent cropland, ecosystems, and urban development boundaries.


Experts say the law will have a profound impact on consolidating China's food security foundation, preventing risks, and improving emergency grain supply capacity. It holds local governments accountable for grain security and farmland protection.


Despite the new law, analysts note that China's food security situation has not deteriorated. Grain output reached a record high in 2023, and prices have remained stable despite global fluctuations.


The law also emphasizes the need to boost agricultural science and technology innovation, including key R&D in the grain sector. This is seen as crucial for increasing yields and improving overall agricultural efficiency.


Additionally, China has launched a new action plan to further boost grain production capacity by over 50 million tons by 2030. This involves major projects and support measures across crucial grain-producing regions, driving investment and enhancing agricultural modernization.

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