China guarantees pesticides for drought-hit areas
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao has laid out a drought relief action plan that will guarantee the supply of agrochemicals to affected areas, Chinese media report. Mr Wen chaired a drought relief work seminar for farmers and grass-roots cadres in Yuzhou city, Henan province. The premier detailed an action plan that would guarantee funding and supplies for relief work, and ensure the provision of agricultural production supplies, such as pesticides. Some media analysts are predicting worse than usual pest infestations in drought-hit areas this year. The drought has affected major wheat-growing provinces in northern China since early January.