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Farmers' income rises for eighth straight year

By Zhang Yixuan (People's Daily Overseas Edition)

16:37, December 30, 2011

Edited and translated by People's Daily Online

The per capita net income for China's rural residents is expected to grow more than 10 percent in 2011, marking the eighth straight year of growth and the largest increase since 1985, the Ministry of Agriculture estimated. The income of rural residents is likely to grow faster than that of urban residents again.

Chinese Agricultural Minister Han Changfu said at the central government's conference on rural work that multiple factors have contributed to the strong growth in rural residents' income this year, including the increase in the output and prices of major agricultural products, growth in the number and wages of migrant workers from rural areas, and strong and effective agricultural support programs.

The ministry plans to increase rural residents' income by nearly 8 percent in 2012.

Han said it would be more difficult to increase rural residents' income next year because small and medium-sized enterprises are facing increasing business problems amid deteriorating global market conditions, which will produce negative effects on the employment and wages of migrant workers.

Overall, rural residents, whose main sources of income include selling agricultural products and working in cities, are unlikely to see strong growth in their incomes next year.


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helen at 2011-12-30175.142.223.*
Their rising standards are good news.The economic well being and the welfare of rural Chinese are just as important as those in the urban cities. This must never be forgotten.China is for all Chinese!

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