China has more arable land than planned
According to the ministry, China has 135 million hectares when the goal was to maintain at least 124 million hectares of arable land by 2020.
The figure means that farmers represent half of the population and food security still remains an important issue, stressed the communique.
According to official data, in 2015 300,000 hectares of arable land were lost in constructions, disasters, environmental protection measures and agricultural re-structuring.
However, the country created another 250,000 hectares of arable land last year.
Recently the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and the Council of State published a document that proposes measures for the modernization of agriculture in the country. ■