context: Poor weather conditions in late 2021 and early 2022 will likely compound supply-side challenges in the ag sector. Faced with disruptions in production and logistics, grain and vegetable-producing strongholds need to raise farmers’ climate adaptive capacity. To ensure efficient operations, the use of ag machinery was highlighted among the techniques to combat extreme weather released by regulators.

La Nina is challenging ag production and logistics. The latest strikes include blizzards in the northeast and cold damage in the southwest. Vegetable production is again under pressure. Disrupted logistics are also impeding corn and soybean distribution from north-eastern production bases to consuming regions nationwide, exacerbating the supply challenge.

Winter and spring are critical times to secure ag supplies for the coming New Year, Spring Festival, Winter Olympics and Two Sessions. They will also affect the summer grain harvest in 2022. MARA (Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs) predicts that the end of 2021 will see extreme cold waves. Entering 2022, climate conditions will be worse than in previous years. It warned of

  • cold damage in the northern wheat-producing regions
  • cold damage to open-field and greenhouse vegetable
  • spring drought in the northern wheat-producing regions and the north-eastern region
  • spring waterlogging in Heilongjiang province
  • winter and spring drought in the southern region