As a fast-developing country, China has become one of the world’s major emitters of climate warming greenhouse gases. This has sparked major concern among agriculture experts, claiming raising temperatures could worsen normal farming problems.
“Warm winters create an environment in which plant diseases and pests thrive, and these pose a serious threat to crops,” Xiong Wei, an expert on the correlation between climate change and agriculture with the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, told China Daily.
Drought is also a concern. Lack of rainfall, some associate with climate change, has forced officials to deliver clean water to regions of Southwest China, areas dependent on local farming. As of 2007, severe drought in Sichuan province has cost farmers nearly $38 million.