chart presents per capita output indices for major agricultural products. Since
the underlying data are measured in kg, the indices provide a more realistic picture than price-based
One can see the production disaster
of the "Great Leap Forward" (1959-1952) and the enormous increase in
agricultural production since the economic reforms of 1978.
The largest increase in production was for fruits, aquatic
products and meat. These production trends reflect the trends towards a more diverse,
protein-rich diet in China.
Source: China Statistical Yearbook,
1997. Beijing, p. 41