China: Pests and diseases plague crops

China Daily: China's farmlands face a serious increase in pests this year, in addition to the current prevailing long-lasting drought, the Ministry of Agriculture said. This year, the accumulated arable areas hit by plant diseases and insects are expected to reach 402 million hectares due to global warming and catastrophic drought, according to a notice posted on the ministry's website on Friday. A farmer from Yanghe village in Shiyan, Central China's Hubei province, checks on withered bok choi plants on......

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