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Potato upgraded as new staple crop

By Xinhua ( China Daily ) Updated: 2015-01-08 07:55:54

China is boosting potato cultivation to transform the crop into the country's fourth staple food after rice, wheat and corn, Yu Xinrong, vice-minister of agriculture, said at a seminar on Tuesday.

It is time for potatoes to become a staple food, given China's rapid urbanization, as they can diversify the dinner table, said WanBaorui, director of China's State Food and Nutrition Consultant Committee.

Potatoes have been grown in China for about 400 years and now cover 5 million hectares, according to the Ministry of Agriculture. The area devoted to potatoes will expand to 10 million hectares to better safeguard the country's grain supply, according to the ministry.

Potato upgraded as new staple crop

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