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Ingrained Corruption over Crops

Honest Outlook April 16, 2022

By NewsChina Updated Jul.1

A nationwide anti-graft drive launched by the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection and National Supervisory Commission since August 2021 has exposed a spate of corruption cases surrounding grain sales, purchasing, transportation and storage. A number of officials were colluding to take advantage of supervisory loopholes. After buying crops at lower prices from farmers, the officials pretended to sell grain to the market on fabricated contracts before purchasing them again at higher prices under assured price schemes. They also played tricks on farmers by cutting purchase prices and lying to them that part of the crop did not meet quality standards, later selling it for themselves. They even sold reserved grain stocks at much higher prices. To fight against corruption, the State Council plans to reform the supervisory body and install AI technologies to monitor more than 900 granaries in the country.