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China Reduces Wheat Irrigation as Farming Depletes Groundwater

China is reducing crop irrigation in regions with water shortages as the world’s biggest grain consumer seeks to ease pressure on declining aquifers.

Hebei province, the nation’s third-biggest wheat grower, will cut wheat irrigation by 760,000 mu (50,667 hectares) or 2 percent of the crop it planted last year, according to Hebei News, a website run by the regional government.