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China pushes development in rural areas

By Xinhua
China pushes development in rural areas

This picture taken on Oct 18, 2015 shows a farmer using a tractor to plough a field in a village in Bengbu, east China's Anhui province. (Photo / STR, AFP)

BEIJING - China aims to increase farmers' incomes by pushing integrative development of primary, secondary and tertiary industries in rural regions, according to a policy document released on Wednesday by the central authorities.

Technological innovation should advance the processing of agricultural products, thus bringing more income to farmers. Specifically the processing industry should develop its own equipment, while outdated processing enterprises should be eliminated.

A unified, open, competitive market for modern agricultural products needs to be established to promote agricultural products. The document says that to this end, logistics cost will be reduced while rural e-commerce will be encouraged.

Officials also called for more promotion of rural destinations, as tourism could offer alternate income streams. The government will offer subsidies to infrastructure projects in key rural destinations while guiding private capital to projects that are beneficial for farmers.

According to the document new mechanisms such as distributing shares of leading firms to farmers should be encouraged in order to let rural households share the profits of every step of the industrial chain including production, processing and sales.

The income level of rural residents has seen steady growth in the past few years. In 2015, the rural per capita disposable income increased 8.9 percent year on year to 11,422 yuan (US$1,743), continuing from a 11.2 percent growth seen in 2014.

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