China suspends plan to convert farmland into forest

Concerns for food security led China to suspend a plan to convert 10,700 square kilometres of farmland into forest, Xinhua said on Tuesday.

The government had said it would plant trees on 13,000 square kilometres of farmland from 2006 to 2010, but the rapid speed of farmland losses forced the plan to be suspended, the report said.

The government will continue to provide subsidies to farmers who have converted their farmland into forest, the agency said.

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