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2nd Revision

Introduction

 
Data - Cultivated Land
Increase, Decrease and Net-Change of Cultivated Land in China by Region,1988 - 1995
  Cultivated land
beginning of 1988
Total
increases
Total
decreases
Cultivated land
end of 1995
Net - change 1988-95
  hectares %

NORTH

29,249,933

455,064

795,084

28,909,913

-340,020

-1.16

NORTHEAST

21,566,368

484,666

704,508

21,346,526

-219,842

-1.02

EAST

14,150,762

143,310

522,634

13,771,437

-379,324

-2.68

CENTRAL

12,040,436

127,337

411,108

11,756,666

-283,771

-2.36

SOUTH

9,958,018

458,238

469,444

9,946,812

-11,206

-0.11

SOUTHWEST

20,781,949

498,101

603,270

20,676,780

-105,169

-0.51

PLATEAU

975,586

36,094

20,813

990,867

15,281

1.57

NORTHWEST

24,111,838

879,398

1,277,298

23,713,939

-397,900

-1.65

CHINA TOTAL

132,834,891

3,082,208

4,804,159

131,112,940

-1,721,951

-1.30

Source: State Land Administration, Statistical Information on the Land of China in 1995. Beijing, 1996. And equivalent reports for 1988 to 1994.
Between 1988 and 1995 China lost 1.72 million hectares (or 1.3 %) of its cultivated land. This estimate takes into account the underreporting of cultivated land in 1988. Large areas of cultivated land got lost in the Northwest, East, North, Central and Northeast regions. Only one of China's eight economic regions had a (small) net-increase of cultivated land: the Plateau.
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