CHINA - China must maintain its farmland above the minimum threshold of 120 million hectares at all times, a national conference heard yesterday.
A "red line" must be observed, stressed Premier Li Keqiang, who reasoned that, with such a large population, China must defend food security.
He added that China must attach equal importance to the quantity and quality of farmland to ensure its food security.
While protected agriculture is needed to promote modern agriculture, a specific land policy shall be introduced to regulate its land use with enhanced supervision, he said.
He added that local governments, while pressing ahead with rural land reform and urbanisation, should apply the strictest farmland protection system and land-saving system to ensure China's food supply, and conserve the resources for future generations.
Mr Han Changfu, Minister of Agriculture and Mr Jiang Daming, Minister of Land and Resources addressed the conference and made specific instructions. Senior officials from provincial and local governments and competent departments attended the conference.
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