China is facing a policy dilemma as food imports increase at a faster pace that projected while the government aims for food self-sufficiency, the People’s Daily reported Monday, citing Chen Xiwen, deputy director of the Central Rural Work Leading Group. Official data showed food production in 2013 rose 2.1 percent to 601.94 million metric tons, while food imports surged to a record of more than 70 million metric tons. As a result of higher living standards and tremendous population growth in urban areas, the increase in food production has been unable to cope with the demand growth, Agriculture Minister Han Changfu was quoted as saying. Experts have called for a balance between food importation and domestic production, the report said.
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