Top stories of the day: China Agro Commodities-Mar. 4
BEIJING, Mar 03, 2013 (Xinhua via COMTEX) --
1. Chinese lawmakers and political advisors have urged the
government to restructure the country's food supervisory system to
regain customer confidence as Hong Kong's newly-adopted purchase ban
on baby formula refueled the public's concerns over food safety.
Zhu Lieyu, a deputy to the National People's Congress, said Sunday
that China's food monitoring system should be streamlined as the
system is fractured and has many loopholes.
China's current food safety system involves at least five
departments, including health, agriculture, quality supervision,
industry and commerce administration, and food and drug supervision.
Insufficient communication and coordination among those agencies
often resulted in low work efficiency and supervision loopholes.
2. Yuan Longping, "father of hybrid rice," said on Sunday that
China could reach its target unit yield of 1,000 kg per mu (0.0667
hectares) of paddy rice in 2015, five years ahead of schedule.
Research on super-hybrid rice began in 1996 as part of China's
efforts to ensure food security.
3. China's agricultural products imports totaled 10.25 billion US
dollars in January, a jump of 31.5 percent over the same period of
the previous year, the National Grain and Oil Trade Center said on
its website Friday.
Farm produce exports last month reached 6.01 billion US dollars,
rising 10.2 percent year on year, which brought the trade deficit to
4.24 billion US dollars, a jump of 82 percent from the same period of
The agricultural products mainly include grain, cotton, sugar,
oilseeds, edible oils, vegetables and fruits, livestock products and
aquatic products. (Contributed by Liu Xiaoyun, firstname.lastname@example.org;
edited by Shi Chunjiao, email@example.com)
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