China takes step to increase sugar output

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China is concerned about the crop-eating pest, fall armyworm, which causes a reduction in crops, including sugarcane.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs directed local authorities to step up efforts to prevent and control fall armyworm.

As this crop-eating pest reduces cane output or even make complete crop failure also leads to a reduction in sugar output. Preventing this from affecting the crops will eventually lead to good sugar output.

It was first detected in China in January 2019 and has spread across China’s southern and southwestern areas, affecting 92,267 hectares of farmland in 14 provincial-level regions

China had about 130 million hectares of arable land at end-2017 and grows corn on about 42 million hectares.

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