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The finances of China's poverty-stricken farmers


10:41, September 28, 2011

CHICHENG, HEBEI PROVINCE, Sept. 27 (Xinhua) -- Just 180 kilometers north of the hustle and bustle of the Chinese capital Beijing lies the tranquility of Chicheng County, a landscape dominated by greenish hills and somewhat primitive lifestyles.

For farmers at Zhujiamiao Village, donkey-pulled wooden carts remain the major transportation mode for carrying home bags of rice on narrow countryside roads from towns.

Ni Wenquan, head of the village, said that farmers in the village mostly depend on their farmlands to make a living. They now grow corn and potatoes instead of rice so that more water can be saved and provided to nearby Beijing in compliance with a water-supply policy launched in 2006.

For farmers, disease and sons' marriages are the two biggest financial burdens, said Ni, a 59-year-old man who had raised two daughters and one son, all of whom were finding work in cities, like many others in the villages' young generations.

Although the farmers can get some subsidies for medical treatment, Ni said that going to a hospital remains costly and, when it comes to marriage, girls nowadays prefer to marry those who can buy new homes in towns.

However, property prices are soaring. Housing prices in the county seat have reached nearly 4,000 yuan (625 U.S. dollars) per square meter, almost double the prices of one year ago.

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PD User at 2011-09-2962.49.253.*
China should spend its moneyon its own people, the mllions of peasants in the countryside instead of wasting it propping up the US, a dying imperialist power.
Overseas born chinese at 2011-09-28220.255.2.*
China should allocate some of its hard earned reserves to upgrade its people living standards especially of those inland provinces rather than sending aid money to other rich foreign countries to aid their self indulgence debt crisis. Not to be forget, these pesants" forefathers helped to give birth to the New China.
helen at 2011-09-28141.0.8.*
It is important that all Chinese, rural or urban, should benefit from the developments of New China. For too long now, attention has been focused mainly on the cities. Time to redress the rural poverty and their access to education, health ...... Seize the hour, Seize the day .....

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