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China pest outbreaks to affect 353 million ha in 2015

China expects outbreaks of plant diseases and insect pests during 2015 to affect some 353 million ha of crops in the country, reports China's National Agro-tech Extension and Service Center. The two greatest threats to the country’s crops are identified as migratory insect pests and plant disease epidemics. While this year’s outbreaks were expected to be “numerous” and “heavy”, the estimated affected area is down compared with the 367 million ha estimate of last year.


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