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Chinese vice premier urges anti-poverty efforts in rocky areas

(Xinhua)

08:25, June 29, 2012

XINGYI, Guizhou, June 28 (Xinhua) -- Vice Premier Hui Liangyu on Thursday urged more efforts to spur development in the country's rocky regions, where desertification has led to water shortage, soil erosion and persistent poverty.

In a conference themed on development in the rocky regions in Guangxi, Guizhou and Yunnan, he called those areas "hard nuts" in China's long-standing campaign against poverty.

He asked local authorities to establish targeted objectives according to regional characteristics, work on water-conservation projects and accelerate efforts in fighting desertification.

He said the areas should be given preferential financial and policy support, and urged relavant departments to work out detailed regulations to facilitate development in the regions.

The government will guide credit and social funds to those areas, the vice premier said.

Stony desertification in the above-mentioned three provincial regions, found in 15 cities and 91 counties, was the most severe in China.

More than 50 million people live in the rocky regions.

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