24 Feb '11, 7am

China forecasts rains, not enough to lift wheat drought: BEIJING - RAINS forecast for the rest of the week in mo...

China forecasts rains, not enough to lift wheat drought: BEIJING - RAINS forecast for the rest of the week in mo...

A farmer shovels soil for irrigating a wheat field in Hebei province. Rains forecast in most of China's northern wheat areas may not be enough to lift drought in Shandong and Hebei provinces. -- PHOTO: REUTERS BEIJING - RAINS forecast for the rest of the week in most of China's northern wheat areas may not be enough to lift drought in Shandong and Hebei provinces, the country's No. 2 and No. 3 wheat growing regions, the minister of water resources said. Chen Lei warned the situation could possibly worsen in March due to lower-than-normal precipitation forecasts and as many farmers returned to cities after the Lunar New Year, leading to a shortage of labourers for irrigation efforts. 'Rainfall in early March in the northern areas would still be lower than normal years. The drought situation may further develop and could become more severe, so we are not optimistic,' Mr Chen...

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