China aiming for self-sufficiency

China aiming for self-sufficiency


China aiming for self-sufficiency

The Chinese government has enacted several targeted subsidies to reach self-sufficiency in domestic food production. Larger farms and mechanisation are believed to reduce the need for food imports.

This policy tends to focus on grains, oilseeds and potatoes because of their direct or indirect importance to Chinese consumers. Meat and livestock products are not supported to the same extent as grains and oilseeds, and different factors have contributed to import growth. While the traditional source of protein in China is pig meat, income growth and urbanisation have contributed to increased demand for meat and dairy products. Food safety concerns, such as those highlighted by the melamine in baby formula scandal, have also contributed to increased consumer preference for imports.

Chinese imports of dairy and meat have increased almost 10-fold between 2004 and 2013. Without considerable productivity growth in these industries, imports are likely to continue to grow.

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Source: The Meat Site

23 February 2015