China's Drought Could Affect International Food Prices

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A severe drought is seriously threatening crops in northern China. Some areas have not seen rain in 120 days. Wheat farmers are concerned that as the weather gets warmer, their crops may not germinate. The effects of the drought could extend further than China's north. International food prices could also hang in the balance. Here's more.

Parts of Northern China are going through some of the worst droughts in 60 years. Droughts that are not only affecting Chinese families, but that could also affect international food prices, if China is forced to import crops.

Some areas have not had significant rain in 120 days. The Chinese regime's drought control agency said on Sunday, crops covering 12.4 million acres—about half the size of South Korea—have been damaged.

International wheat exporters are watching closely—as Chinese farmers fear that without rain, come spring, the wheat they sowed during autumn will not even germinate.

An agribusiness consultant, Ma Wenfeng told AFP farmers stand to lose as much as 10-million tons of wheat if the drought goes on until March.

The United Nations says global food prices already reached an all-time high in January.