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BEIJING Dec 20 China will continue to take
steps to prevent another fall in grain output falling, part of
efforts to ensure sufficient food supplies for the world's
second-largest economy, state radio said on Tuesday following a
key policy meeting on rural reform.
The pledge was one of three key pillars of China's long-term
farm policy, the radio report said.
The others were to boost farmers' income and stabilise rural
communities as the government aims to get more than 10 million
people out of poverty in 2017.
The policy is similar to previous years and comes after the
annual Central Rural Work Conference that ended on Tuesday. This
focused on increasing China's efforts to modernise and
revitalise its vast farming sector.
China's grain output dropped slightly this year for the
first time in more than a decade, partly due to structural
reforms that have curbed planting of some crops and encouraged
China is the world's second largest corn producer.
(Reporting by Beijing newsroom and Hallie Gu; writing by
Josephine Mason, editing by Louise Heavens and Jane Merriman)