Pest threats on the rise in China
Climate change and developments in cropping systems in China have made pests more difficult to control, reports the Chinese online crop protection information portal, the Chinese Plant Protection Network. China suffers cereal crop losses equivalent in value to some Yuan 60,000 million ($9,000 million at the current rate) every year due to weeds, pests and diseases. In some areas of the country, these losses have become more considerable than those caused by historical disasters such as floods and drought. Chinese plant protection methods need to advance with the introduction of new technologies and “greener” methods of protection, the Network adds.