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China vows to improve farmers' incomes in 2013


09:05, December 24, 2012

China’s annual conference on rural work has concluded in Beijing. New goals were set, including removing obstacles to agricultural development and increasing farmers’ income in 2013. The meeting also reviewed agricultural development in 2012 and over the past ten years.

Delegates stressed that China should continue to ensure the nation’s grain security and effective supply of major agricultural products. In addition to improving the country’s basic rural system, focus will be put on fostering new types of agricultural businesses like family farms and specialized cooperatives.

According to data from the National Bureau of Statistics, in 2012 China’s grain output rose 3.2 percent year on year to hit more than 589 million tonnes, marking the ninth consecutive year of growth.

However, the country still faces a tightening grain supply due to population growth, and has increased its imports of farm produce to meet domestic needs.

The meeting concluded more industrial and commercial enterprises will be encouraged to invest in agriculture.

Delegates also said more efforts are needed to boost farmers’ income, which have been dragged down by rising production costs and an increasing impact from the international markets.

The government will improve the agricultural protection system, and expand the coverage of subsidies to benefit more farmers.

The government will also further balance urban and rural development, to make sure rural migrant workers get equal treatment if they become urban residents.

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