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Full granaries secure supply despite droughts

Officials examine the damage to rice crops caused by the ongoing drought near the province of Guizhou in late August.

Heat waves have been plaguing large parts of China for weeks. Temperatures climbed to 44 degrees Celsius on several days (China.Table reported). While the heat is expected to gradually ease in some regions by the end of August, farmers in many provinces are in despair. The drought is raising concerns about crop damages or even whole crop failures. “Autumn grain output accounts for three-quarters of the total annual grain output,” Vice Premier Hu Chunhua said, joining a chain of official voices that openly warn about the impending consequences of the climate: How can food shortages be prevented?

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