China News Service, April 28, Wei Baigang, director of the Department of Development and Planning of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, said on the 28th that it is necessary to ensure that the annual grain output is stable at 1.3 trillion kilograms or more, and hold the Chinese people's rice bowl firmly in their hands.

Data Picture: Spring Farming Picture of "Granary" in West Jiangxi. Photo by Zhao Chunliang

  On the afternoon of the 28th, the State Council Joint Prevention and Control Mechanism held a press conference on the agricultural and rural economic development during the epidemic. In response to a reporter ’s question, Wei Baigang said that the implementation of the central “six guarantees” mission requirements, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs will make overall plans for agricultural and rural work, and further focus on ensuring food security, increasing farmers ’income, and accelerating the“ three rural ”shortcomings Work, take effective and effective measures and extraordinary measures, and strive to minimize the losses caused by the epidemic, provide a strong support for the realization of a comprehensive well-off society, a decisive battle to overcome poverty, and focus on four aspects of work.

  One is to go all out to grab a bumper grain harvest. Strengthen the field management of wheat in the middle and late stages, do a good job of "one spray and three prevention", organize the inter-regional machine harvest in time, realize the return of grains to the warehouse, and resolutely win the first battle of the annual grain harvest. Focus on restoring early rice production, highlighting the spring sowing in Northeast China, stabilizing the summer sowing area, strengthening the prevention and control of pests and diseases and meteorological disasters, ensuring that the annual grain output is stable at 1.3 trillion kilograms or more, and holding the Chinese rice bowl in your own hands on.

  The second is to do a good job in the production of "vegetable baskets". Accelerate the restoration of hog production, implement supporting policies such as farming land, environmental assessment, and loan discounts, strengthen the prevention and control of major animal diseases such as African swine fever, and ensure that hog production at the end of the year will basically return to near normal levels. Continue to focus on the production of poultry, aquatic products, vegetables and fruits, and increase the supply of green and high-quality non-staple food.

  The third is to take multiple measures to promote farmers' income. We will vigorously develop advantageous and characteristic industries, accelerate the restoration of rural leisure tourism, expand the scope and scale of "work for relief", and increase local employment opportunities for farmers. Increase policy support for entrepreneurship subsidies, loan discounts and other policies, guide migrant workers returning to their hometowns to innovate and start businesses, expand the scale of skill training, cooperate with relevant departments to continue to do a good job in returning migrant workers to work, and broaden the channels for farmers to increase income.

  The fourth is to speed up the shortcomings in the "three rural" areas. Make good use of special anti-epidemic national debts and special debts of local governments, and strengthen the construction of major modern traction projects such as high-standard farmland, cold storage logistics facilities for storage and preservation of agricultural products. Organize various regions to speed up the construction of a large number of large projects with large investment and wide influence. Broaden investment and financing channels and effectively guide financial and social capital investment in agriculture and rural areas.