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China announces drought alleviation funding

China will spend $1bn (£622M) to alleviate the effects of its worst drought in six decades - a long dry spell in the world’s largest wheat-growing region that has raised the commodity’s global price.

The funding is part of a government plan to divert water, build emergency wells and take other steps in the affected areas in central and northern China.

Snow fell today in some of the driest areas, but it was minimal and has not eased worries about the winter wheat crop.

China’s main wheat belt, including Shandong, Henan, Hebei, Anhui, Shanxi, Shaanxi, Gansu and Jiangsu provinces, has had virtually no precipitation since October.

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