China became a net importer of the three major grains — corn, wheat and rice — in 2011, according to China's vice minister of agriculture, who said the dependence of foreign grain must be given great attention.

According to the information the Ministry of Agriculture provided, China's total import of agricultural products reached $94.87 billion in 2011, up 30.8 percent from 2010. As for the three major grains, corn import was 1.754 million tons, up 11.5 percent; wheat import was 1.258 million tons, up 2.2 percent; and rice import was 59,800 tons, up 54 percent.