HEADLINE Agriculture Minister discusses rural revitalization


Agriculture Minister discusses rural revitalization

By Yang Chuchu | People's Daily app

06:39, March 08, 2018


A press conference on the implementation of rural vitalization strategy at the 13th National People's Congress in Beijing. (Photo: Xinhua)

Beijing (People's Daily) -- Rural areas will become desirable places to live for city residents, China’s Agriculture Minister Han Changfu said during a sidelines press conference at the first session of the 13th NPC on Wednesday.

Han said the Ministry of Agriculture sent over 120 officials to 60 villages in 30 provinces and municipalities to gathering material through firsthand account observations over the course of a month on various aspects of the rural areas to better implement China’s Rural Vitalization Strategy.

China has actively promoted its rural initiative and is centered on a three-point strategy.

First, having a plan is a must as rural vitalization is a long-term endeavor. Scientific planning is necessary due to the vast and complex nature of China’s rural areas. 

"For the rural revitalization strategy to succeed, China should continue to give priority to creating scientific methods tailored for rural regions, including industrial layout, infrastructure development, land use and public service," Han said.

Additionally, necessary policies need to be introduced. Rural vitalization reflects the central government’s efforts with China’s weaker parts, and therefore requires policy support.

In the future, China will prioritize efforts on rural areas involving official distribution, resource allocation, funding, and public service.

Making sure that the actions are carried out is another important aspect. Action speaks louder than words. China has been planning and introducing efforts aimed at rural vitalization. For example, enhancing rural environments is one way to offer better living conditions for those who live in rural villages.  

With regard to the future of rural vitalization, Han stressed that agriculture should become the most promising of industries as it provides a vocation for rural residents and helps create a happy environment.  

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