Wheat harvesting season is approaching in northern China. However, in locations like Henan and Hebei, young wheat plants are being harvested for feed, and real estate developers are causing harm to wheat fields.
Many videos of harvesting young wheat seedlings went viral on the Internet recently. The video shows that the entire piece of green-looking wheat was cut down. However, there are only more than 20 days left before the large-scale harvest begins.
According to Jiemian news, one of the videos is said to be located in wheat-growing north areas. Some farmers are harvesting green wheat in advance to use as feed. They said 4000m2 could be sold from 1,500 yuan to over 2,000 yuan.
Henan is second only to Heilongjiang in terms of grain production in mainland provinces in 2021. According to public data, Henan Province produces a quarter of the country’s wheat, which is stable at more than 66 million tons in 2018.
On May 10, the chief of the Bureau of Agriculture surnamed Li made a deployment to strictly prohibit the sale of wheat as silage.
There have also been cases of real estate developers damaging wheat fields. According to media reports, a developer in Yuanshi County, Hebei Province, used the night to dispatch a forklift to shovel the wheat earmarked and grained.
On May 7, the Yuanshi County Government issued an investigation team to deal with the issue.
According to the investigation, the case’s plot comprises 148,000 m2 and 18,000 m2 of wheat. The project party privately arranged for machines to enter the field on April 27 without informing the government or farmers, crushing 4,800m2 wheat and lodging. Yuanshi County has responded by ordering the developer to halt development and holding those responsible accountable.
China’s government once highlighted food security as a major issue, calling it one that the nation cannot afford to be complacent about.
Moreover, China is already the leading importer of world food.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, China’s grain imports had a rebound in 2020 due to the COVID 19 pandemic.
A political expert Li Linyi, believes that China’s food security is a major concern for the country. The country will need to withstand natural and man-made disasters, as well as international sanctions.