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Premier encourages spring farming efforts to ensure good harvest

HEFEI, April 11 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao has called for enhanced efforts during the country's spring ploughing season to ensure a good harvest.

Wen made the remarks during an inspection tour of east China's Anhui Province from April 9 to 11.

He said good work in the agriculture sector, especially in ensuring grain production, was significant for stabilizing the country's economy and prices.

He urged governments at various levels to take every possible measure to ensure spring farming was done well.

Wen visited farmland, villages, processing companies, farm supply centers, and irrigation projects in rural areas of Bangfu and Chizhou cities.

He also held seminars to solicit opinions from farmers and local officials.

Wen urged the authorities to guarantee the farm supplies, including chemical fertilizers, seeds, pesticides, and fuel for spring planting.

At a water control project on Huaihe River, China's third longest river, Wen called for coordinated control efforts by provinces through which the river runs.

Nineteen key water control projects under the Huaihe River management program have been completed, which improved greatly the ability to combat floods and droughts.

The 1,000-km-long river, one of the most flood-prone rivers in China, flows through four central and east China provinces including Henan, Anhui, Shandong and Jiangsu.

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