Zhoukou’s Grain Output Enough to Feed the Whole Country for More than Half a Month
Over the past 70 years since the founding of the People’s Republic of China, Zhoukou’s GDP has increased from less than 300 million yuan in 1952 to 268.7 billion yuan in 2018, per capita GDP soared from 66 yuan to 30,817 yuan, and fiscal revenue jumped from 4 million yuan to 12.9 billion yuan, realizing a historic transformation from insufficient food and clothing to an upcoming all-round well-off society.
As a big agricultural city, Zhoukou enjoys a reputation of “Granary of Eastern Henan Province”. It has a stable grain-sown area of about 18 million mu (a unit of area, 1 mu is about 666 square meters) and a total output of over 16 billion jin (a unit of weight, 1 jin is 0.5 kilogram), producing over 100 billion jin of commodity grains every year, as a national advanced grain production city, national largest wheat production city, and Henan’s largest grain production city.
In 2018, Zhoukou’s total grain output reached 18.04 billion jin, a record high, ranking the first in Henan, which is more than the combined output of Ningxia (7.86 billion jin), Qinghai (2.06 billion jin), Xizang (2.08 billion jin) and Hainan (2.94 billion jin). If a person needs 0.74 jin of rations every day, Zhoukou’s total grain output is enough to feed 1.3 billion people in China for more than half a month.
Relying on the long shipping history, Zhoukou has made great efforts to develop the port-neighboring economy with its waterway, location and hinterland advantages. To develop port-neighboring economy, Zhoukou has accelerated the construction of “Five Port-neighboring Industrial Parks.” More than 10 projects have been settled.
Zhoukou is now actively developing the national multi-modal transport hub. Zhoukou-Nanyang expressway is to be completed within the year, Zhengzhou-Hefei high-speed rail is scheduled to start operation, civil airport construction is accelerated, Shaying River shipping is connected to the seas...Zhoukou will become a prefecture-level city with a “four-in-one” traffic network system featuring advanced expressway, high-speed railway, efficient waterway and dense air routes. Zhoukou Central Port has already become a convenient port for Henan commodities to go overseas.