BEIJING, July 11 China, the world's top wheat
grower, is expected to import 5 million tonnes of the grain in
2013/14, up 79 percent from the previous year after its domestic
harvest was damaged by bad weather, according to a forecast by
an official think tank.
China bought more than 1.3 million tonnes of U.S. wheat in
early July in a flurry of deals after U.S. prices fell to near
the lowest levels in a year. The damage to China's harvest has
kept local prices strong, spurring the call on imports.
The China National Grain and Oils Information Center
(CNGOIC) revised upward the figure from its earlier estimate of
3.5 million tonnes for the year beginning June.
(Reporting by Niu Shuping and Jonathan Standing; Editing by Tom