good for the chinese . . . but remember that many of those specialty crops
are foods like apples that significantly impact u.s. producers
craig k harris
dept of sociology
429b berkey hall
michigan state university
east lansing michigan 48824-1111
> From: Hal Hamilton[SMTP:firstname.lastname@example.org]
> Sent: Wednesday 19 January 2000 12:21 PM
> To: Sanet; IFFS
> Subject: the Chinese are smart!
> Chinese to cut commodity production, focus on specialty crops
> China plans to reduce acreages of cotton and sugar crops in 2000 as
> a way to encourage farmers to grow more quality and specialty crops,
> according to a Reuters report. The Ministry of Agriculture set its
> 2000 grain production at 490 million tons and cotton production at 3.2
> million tons. Minister of Agriculture Chen Yaobang said the reductions
> are part of an agriculture restructuring plan that is designed help
> lift millions of farmers out of poverty by next year. "The production
> of farm products should meet the demand of the market," Chen said.
> "Traditional farming methods which focus only on quantity should be
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