Anti-erosion proposal targets China's agriculture sector

21:15, December 20, 2010      

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Individuals and companies who work uncultivated land will be held responsible for the loss of soil and water under a proposed change to China's conservation law.

Penalties for the loss of soil and water must be included in land-use contracts reached with local governments, according to the draft revision of the Water and Soil Conservation Law.

The draft also requires that local authorities must seek public and expert opinions before drawing up soil and water conservation plans.

The draft revision was submitted to the bimonthly meeting of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC), China's top legislature, for its second reading on Monday.

In most cases, a draft law will be read two or three times before being passed.

The draft revision aims to prevent and control soil erosion in a bid to alleviate floods, droughts and sandstorms.

It also proposes government departments of forestry, agriculture and land resources fully implement their duties of water and soil conservation, and adopt measures to ensure the prevention and control of soil erosion.

Source: Xinhua
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