China has stressed the importance of ensuring food security in its agricultural modernization and urged better arable land use and rural management, the official Xinhua news agency reported Wednesday, citing a government statement issued after a central rural work conference that ended on Tuesday. “The bowls of the Chinese, in any situation, must rest soundly in our own hands. Our bowls should be filled mainly with Chinese grain. Only when a country is basically self-sufficient in food can it take the initiative in food security and grasp the overall situation for economic and social growth,” the statement said. The statement showed that ensuring sufficient quantity and reliable quality of food supply has become the national food safety strategy, Li Guoxiang, a researcher with the Rural Development Institute of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, was quoted as saying. China has set a red-line guarantee that arable land shall never shrink to less than 1.8 billion mu (120 million hectares), and that rural land will be owned collectively by the peasantry, the “soul” of the rural basic management system, the report said.
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