March 3, 2020 / 10:44 AM / a month ago

China calls for expansion of rice production amid measures to contain coronavirus

BEIJING, March 3 (Reuters) - China said on Tuesday that regions with good growing conditions should restore double-cropping of rice as part of its efforts to ensure food security amid ongoing measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

A lockdown on movement of people in the virus epicentre of Hubei province has raised concerns about spring planting of key food crops such as rice.

A central government group charged with managing the response to the virus said in a statement posted on the government’s website that regions should try to expand the planted acreage of early crop rice.

Reporting by Hallie Gu and Dominique Patton, editing by Louise Heavens

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