An unmanned rice harvester works in a paddy field in Haituo county, Da'an city, in Jilin Province. (Photo by Xu Chang/Xinhua)
China's total grain output reached a record high 663.84 million tons in 2019, increasing 5.94 million tons or 0.9 percent from 2018, according to a report published by the National Bureau of Statistics on Friday.
China has achieved grain output growth while cutting grain planting areas by 14.62 million mu (0.975 million hectares) or 0.8 percent, from 2018 to 1.741 billion mu in 2019, according to the report.
While cutting the planting areas for grains such as rice, wheat and tubers, China has arranged more farmland to plant soybeans, increasing 13.82 million mu or 10.9 percent from 2018 to 140 million mu in 2019. Most of the increased planting areas are in Northeast China.