China’s central government is poised to freeze production of more than two dozen chemicals used in the production of industrial fertilizers, pesticides and other industrial products, a state-run news agency said Monday, amid concerns over rising pollution levels and health risks.
The move comes as China’s president Xi Jinping is set to meet with the world’s top leaders for a summit of world leaders in early 2019 to address the country’s growing pollution problems.
It comes amid growing concern about air quality in China, where the country has the world’ most polluted air.
The move comes amid rising pollution in China and in other parts of Asia, where there are widespread reports of health problems linked to pollution.
In a statement, the State Council’s Environmental Protection Administration said it had set the limit of two tons per day for the use of chemical fertilizers and other agricultural products to reduce the risk of air pollution.
It also said the state-owned China National Chemical Corporation (CNCC) would reduce the use by one-third of the chemicals in its fertilizer production and would limit the production and use of other agricultural chemicals.
The announcement comes as Xi Jinping’s government is seeking to boost domestic demand for chemicals, which account for nearly 60 percent of China’s industrial output.