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China’s Li Repeats Call to Boost Harvest After Summer Floods

The Wenfeng Tower in Guangdong Province is submerged in flood water after torrential rains on June 22.

The Wenfeng Tower in Guangdong Province is submerged in flood water after torrential rains on June 22.

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Chinese Premier Li Keqiang reiterated the importance of ensuring stable agricultural production after unrelenting rains and floods across southern provinces reignited food security concerns.

The south is a major producing region for rice, fruits and vegetables. It also grows some corn. Heavy rainfall this month has flooded swaths of farmland in Guangxi, Guangdong, Hunan, Jiangxi and Fujian provinces. The weather bureau said this week that the wet conditions are not conducive for crop growth.