China is embarking on a major shift in its agriculture policy, abandoning its long-held obsession with self-sufficiency in favor of better meeting consumer demand, a key rural policy document shows.

Breaking with the tradition of the past six years, the closely watched “number one document” published late on Sunday omitted any reference to “basic self sufficiency” in food crops, a key pillar of the country’s agriculture policy over the past decade.

Its absence is the latest sign the government is shifting gears after years of supporting the production of major grains like corn, wheat and rice, which has led to huge grain stockpiles without a market.

Now Beijing needs to soak up the crop glut and offset stagnating demand as growth in world’s second-largest economy slows.

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