China plans to increase output of animal feed by 23.5% to 200 million metric tons by 2015 compared with 162 million tons in 2010, the Ministry of Agriculture said Wednesday.

Demand for feed grain is expected to rise faster than grain supply--a situation that will restrict development in the animal husbandry sector, the ministry said in a statement on its website.

Feed corn supply has swung from a balanced to tight, it said.

China's corn supply was basically balanced before 2010, when China imported 1.6 million tons of corn, a 15-year high.

In 2010, China consumed more than 110 million tons of feed corn, it said, without providing a further breakdown of other grains used to make feed.