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GIEWS Update-detail
FAO/GIEWS Global Watch

4 February 2009

44 percent of winter wheat areas in China under extreme drought conditions

Severe drought prevails in Northern and Western China, major winter wheat producing areas. Since the start of the 2008/09 winter wheat season, Northern and Western China have received precipitation levels 70-90 percent below normal. Drastically lower precipitation severely affected 9.5 million hectares of winter wheat (some 44 percent of total area planted) in the following provinces: Henan, Anhai, Shandong, Hebei, Shanxi, Shaanxi, and Gansu. Potentially affected output amounts to about 10 percent of China’s total annual cereal production. map: