¡¡¡¡On May 28, the Department of Agriculture of Hunan Province formulated Work Program on Strengthening Rice Industry in Hunan. It aims to raise the area of high-grade quality rice to above 15 million mu £¨1 million hectares£©with the annual growth exceeding 5 billion yuan in 5 years, to forge the rice industry into a pillar industry of Hunan.
¡¡¡¡Hunan is a big producer of rice in China, ranking the national first in terms of planting area and total yield. However, there are problems in the rice industry such as inefficiency of high-grade quality rice and weak impetus of leading processing enterprises.
¡¡¡¡According to the plan of the Department of Agriculture of Hunan Province, this year priorities will be given to 43 counties£¨cities, districts£© including Hanshou County, Ningxiang County, Yueyang County, Hengyang County and 270 villages and towns to set up standardized production bases of high-grade quality rice covering a total area of 4.5 million mu £¨0.3 million hectares£©.The special rice planted on those designated bases will be purchased by order. The large-scale plantation of a single variety can guarantee high quality. The Department of Agriculture of Hunan Province will give preferential support to the above-mentioned 43 base counties in a bid to improve the basic conditions and promote technical training.
¡¡¡¡From this year on, the Department of Agriculture of Hunan Province plans to increase the standardized production bases of high-grade quality rice by 2 million mu £¨0.13 million hectares£©a year, laying a solid foundation for bettering and strengthening Hunan's rice industry.