• Lynda Kiernan

China Upgrading Grain Storage Systems

China is upgrading its national grain silos and grain storage to better ensure food safety and security for the nation.

Following a national policy striving for self-sufficiency in grain production, repeated bumper harvests have stressed the country’s post-harvest infrastructure. There is a significant lack of grain silos, and the lack of sufficient grain drying operations at existing granaries is resulting in a high percentage of post-harvest waste, according to a granaries construction plan for 2015-2020 published by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and Finance Ministry.

By 2020 the country is targeting the total elimination of open-air storage systems, and the upgrading of all of it outdated silos, and by the end of this year, the country is targeting the building of 50 million tons of additional, new grain storage capacity.

Although China does not release official figures regarding grain inventories, Chinese analysts estimate that China’s corn stocks will remain above 100 million tons before another bumper harvest expected later this year.

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Lynda Kiernan is Editor with HighQuest Group Media and of the Oilseed & Grain News. If you would like to submit a contribution for consideration, please contact Ms. Kiernan at lkiernan@highquestgroup.com.

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