CCTV news Recently, the Executive Council of the State Council clearly pointed out that it is necessary to encourage the resumption of double cropping rice in the conditioned areas. What is the situation of double cropping rice production this year? What are the considerations for restoring double cropping rice agriculture and rural areas? At the press conference of the joint defense and joint control mechanism of the State Council in March 5th, Pan Wenbo, director of the Department of crop management of the Ministry of agriculture and rural affairs, answered the question. He said to ensure that grain ration is absolutely safe, rice production must be stabilized, especially the area of double cropping rice.
Pan Wenbo introduced that early rice and double cropping late rice together are often referred to as "double cropping rice". In recent years, the area of double cropping rice has declined. The main reason is that the price of agricultural products has risen, the cost of labor has increased, and the cost of land transfer has increased. In recent years, the price of rice market has been relatively low, and farmers' planting income has declined, resulting in the reduction of double cropping rice to one season rice in some areas. In 2019, the area of double cropping rice was about 140 million mu, 35 million mu less than that of 2012, and the early rice decreased by 18 million mu in 7 years.
Pan Wenbo emphasized that the area of double cropping rice accounts for nearly 1/3 of the whole rice and is an important variety of rations. And whether the area of double cropping rice can be stabilized is the key to early rice. The Ministry of agriculture and rural areas should fully promote early rice production this year.