With a population predicted to reach 1.6 billion within the next two decades, crop production in China will need to increase by two percent each year to provide the estimated 580 million tonnes of grain that will be required to feed everyone.
China’s primary crops are cereals – particularly wheat, maize and rice. The main limiting factors for increased agricultural production are a lack of available water and poor soil quality, while the use of nitrogen and phosphorus fertilisers needs to be reduced because they pollute the air and water.
Since the first plant clinic in China opened its doors in 2012 the Plantwise programme has gone from strength to strength. With help from local partners and the Chinese Institute of Plant Protection (IPP-CAAS) we have now set up 43 plant clinics in Beijing, Guangxi and Sichuan, and trained 98 plant doctors to diagnose problems and give advice.
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