HEFEI, June 10 (Xinhua) -- Watching the
combine harvester shuttling between golden waves of wheat, Zhang
Haiqing, a farmer in east China's Anhui Province, was relieved.
the challenges from the novel coronavirus and drought, we didn't expect
to embrace a bumper harvest this year, with the yield increasing by 100
kg per mu (0.067 hectares) from last year," said the 44-year-old.
to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, farmers across China
have harvested around 11.3 million hectares of wheat as of June 5,
completing over 50 percent of the wheat harvesting. The progress this
year is about three days ahead compared with previous years.
the COVID-19 epidemic, China has introduced multi-pronged measures to
minimize disruptions and ensure stable grain output.
guideline on spring farming preparations amid epidemic control was
issued by Chinese authorities in early March to ensure the country's
severity of the epidemic, the guideline stressed taking differentiated
epidemic control measures in accordance with local conditions and risk
Zhang recalled the local
government issuing "green passes," which ensured the transport of
agricultural materials, while people were confined at home amid the
"Thanks to the policy, we
could take care of the grain in time, and technicians also offered
advice and information on the growing of wheat through a WeChat group,"
Modern technologies and machines also lent a hand in the summer grain harvest.
Yue, a grain grower in Huaiyuan County in Anhui, was an early adopter
of online farming. "I monitor the growth of crops with my mobile phone
each day to check if there are pests," said Shang, adding that the
online diagnosis played an important role during the epidemic.
wheat grew well amid the epidemic, yet the field was overgrown with
weeds. An expert gave me a timely solution through video chat on the
phone," said the farmer.
to a report released by the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences,
China's grain output is predicted to reach 670 million tonnes this year,
which will provide strong support for achieving the economic and social
withstood the test of the epidemic, injecting confidence in global food
security," said Dong Zhaorong, professor at Anhui Agricultural