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China's grain output up 3.2% in 2012

Dec. 3, 2012 (China Knowledge) - China saw its grain output grow 18.36 million metric tons or 3.2% from a year earlier to 589.57 million metric tons in 2012, said the National Bureau of Statistics.

Grain output in 13 major grain producing areas increased 2.7% than in 2011 to 446.1 million metric tons, which accounted for 64.7% of the country's total.

In 2012, the country saw its output of corn grow 15.34 million metric tons from a year earlier to 208.12 million metric tons, while the output of rice and wheat rose 3.28 million metric tons and 3.18 million metric tons to 204.29 million metric tons and 120.58 million metric tons, respectively.

The bureau said that the bumper harvest this year was due to an increase in sowing area, higher per-unit-area yield and good weather.

The country's sowing area increased by 694,000 hectares from 2011 to 111.27 million hectares this year, while average yield grew by 133 kilograms per hectare to 5,299 kilograms per hectare.

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