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Up to the end of 2004, the total area of economic forests in China was 27.366 million ha, 18.428 million ha of which started to bear fruits, the total production of all types of economic forests was 68.772 million tons, with an annual gross product of RMB 131.1 billion. Due to the implementation of the major forestry programs such as the land conversion from farmland back to forestland and the improvement of poor productivity economic forest, the total area of economic forest has increased yearly by more than 1.3 million ha since 2000. By adjustment of species composition and improvement of low productivity forests, and intensification of technology applications in cultivation and management, the quantity and quality of products have been improved, the total benefit from economic forests in the country has been significantly increased.

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Since the foundation of new China, the accumulative area of afforestation reached 247 million ha, including 217 million ha of artificial plantings, ranking the first in the world, and 30 million ha of aero seeding. Since the inclusion of mountain closure from 1981, the accumulative area of mountain closure for forest restoration was 120 million ha. The forest coverage has been increased from 8.6% at the beginning of the new china to 18.2%.

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