A peasant from Suiping County, Henan Province laughs with joy at the bountiful harvest on May 31, 2008. Chinese government urges for extended efforts to ensure a bumper harvest this summer.[Xinhua]
Chinese government on Wednesday urged for extended efforts to ensure a bumper harvest this summer.
The government's efforts in encouraging agricultural production had greatly aroused farmers' enthusiasm, and the country expected a bumper harvest this summer, Premier Wen Jiabao said at an executive meeting of the State Council, China's Cabinet.
He urged governments at all levels to extend efforts to ensure the coming harvest.
Exertions should be made to strengthen agriculture technical guidance and service, popularization of advanced planting methods and technologies, field management, disease control and pest monitoring, Wen said.
Wen said local governments should ensure the allocation of farming-related funds from the central budget, as well as the supply of farming resources, including diesel and fertilizer.
Efforts should also be exerted to intensify the early warning of potentially disastrous weather that may pose damage to agriculture, such as flood, drought and typhoon.
Wen also underscored that priority in the quake-hit areas should go to the resumption of telecom, electrical power, water supply, housing, schooling and hospitals.