Archive for the ‘Wheat’ Category

China pushes ‘top priority’ on drought relief

February 8, 2009

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao has urged officials in drought-hit areas to place “top priority” on relief work as agricultural stability concerns China’s bid to revive its economy.

From China Daily

The fight against drought has to do not only with the safety of grain supply but also with the country’s efforts to stimulate domestic demand, Wen said during a visit to central China’s drought-hit Henan Province on Saturday and Sunday.
He said “It’s of vital significance to the overall economy to boost steady growth of grain production and farmers’ income” as China is in a key stage to cope with the global financial crisis.

Read the rest:
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2009-0
2/08/content_7454774.htm

Human Toll Of China’s Water Crisis

February 7, 2009

China now suffers through what many climateologist call a “Fifty Year Drought.” 

Often we get bogged down in descriptions of crop loss, wells, lakes, the cost of whet.

But there is a very human side to the drought in China and just now China is staring to energize to address this catastrophe.

China will spend $12 billion to help wheat-growing communities across the country’s northern region survive their worst drought in five decades, state media reported Saturday.

Some 4.3 million people now face a water distress and 2.1 million head of livestock are short of water.  Crops are dead or dying and a real economic disaster is at hand for as many as 30 million Chinese people.

China already has 2-26 million unemployed migrant workers due to the global economic downturn.  Many of those went home to the farming commuities now in the middle of the water crisis.

China’s  Finance Ministry has allocated 86.7 billion yuan ($12.69 billion) from its reserve for local governments to distribute in drought-stricken regions as soon as possible, Xinhua News Agency reported.

The drought that started in November threatens almost half of the wheat crop in the eight provinces — Hebei, Shanxi, Anhui, Jiangsu, Henan, Shandong, Shaanxi and Gansu, Xinhua said.

Related:
CNN:
http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/asiap
cf/02/06/china.drought.half.century/index.html

China’s Water Crisis