26 July 2013, China Daily, Zhong Nan -- "China's grain imports will rise in the second half of this year, as the population continues to gain access to higher-protein food and industrial use of grain crops expands, industry experts said.
Animal feed, ethyl alcohol and starch are partly behind demand
China's grain imports will rise in the second half of this year, as the population continues togain access to higherprotein food and industrial use of grain crops expands, industry experts said.
Ding Shengjun, senior researcher at the Academy of the State Administration of Grain, saidChina's industrial and customer demand for crops such as corn, wheat and rice has grownquickly since 2012.Even though China's summer grain
harvest rose 1.5 percent this year to 131.89 million tons,the nation still faces
the challenge of balancing supply and demand.
First-half grain imports from such nations as the United States, Canada and
Australia stood at5.48 million tons, with a total value of $2.03 billion, according to the General Administration of Customs. ..."
Photo: Workers are loading imported soybean at Nantong port, Jiangsuprovince. Despite plentiful harvests, China is still challenged by over-demand for grains, with imports set to continue to grow in the secondhalf of the year. Xu Congjun / for China Daily