China said on Wednesday it would boost agriculture innovation in an effort to increase food output, signaling that the world’s most populous country is trying to tackle outdated farm and food infrastructure to feed its people.

China accounts for a fifth of the world’s population with less than 9 percent of its arable land, and the cabinet suggested in a document that China’s leaders were aiming to get serious about technology to ensure long-term food supplies.

The State Council, or cabinet, said in the first policy document of the year it would increase investment and subsidies for the agricultural technology sector this year to stabilize grain production, state media reported.