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The future of crop protection in China

China is a traditional agricultural country, with a total area of 5,000 billion square meters stricken by plant diseases and insect pests each year. With only 7% of the world’s arable land, China has fed 22% of the world’s population, which is a great marvel in history.

Crop protection is widely applied across the world and plays important roles in guaranteeing the safety of agricultural production and the quality of products, minimizing environmental pollution, safeguarding public health and promoting the sustainable development of agriculture in China. In recent years, crop protection has drawn more and more attention from the government and its status has been improved, due to the frequent outbreak of pests and diseases, and the stricter requirement on ecological environment, food quality and natural resources. The demand for crop protection products has increased by an annual growth rate of 6% in recent years.

At present, the artificial control, biological control, chemical control, agricultural control and physical control are applied in plant insect pests and diseases control in China. Chemical control and agricultural control are widely adopted in China; meanwhile biological control and physical control are only adopted in some specific regions of China.

by S. C.
07 august 2009, World News > Asia

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