Farmers work in a rice paddy field in Huangjing town, East China’s Jiangsu province, Sept 23, 2019. [Photo/IC]

BEIJING — It is imperative and well within China’s ability to ensure the food supply for 1.4 billion Chinese people through the country’s own efforts, according to a government work report submitted to the national legislature for deliberation on Friday.

To bolster agricultural production, the country will increase its area of high-standard cropland by 80 million mu (5.33 million hectares), the report said.