State an­swers con­cerns

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - POLICY REVIEW - By ZHANG ZHOUXIANG zhangzhoux­i­ang@ chi­nadaily.com.cn

Min­istries and com­mis­sions of the State Coun­cil have re­sponded to a wide range of con­cerns from the pub­lic and the me­dia about re­cent poli­cies, in­clud­ing farm­ers’ in­come, ru­ral health in­sur­ance, food safety and safe pro­duc­tion.

Rais­ing farm­ers’ in­comes

In an in­ter­view, a lead­ing of­fi­cial from the Na­tional De­vel­op­ment and Re­form Com­mis­sion sum­ma­rized a re­cently is­sued doc­u­ment on help­ing farm­ers raise their in­comes.

The av­er­age farmer’s per capita dis­pos­able in­come saw 9.6 per­cent an­nual growth dur­ing the 12th Five-Year Plan pe­riod (2011-15), which is a ma­jor achieve­ment, the spokesman said, adding that the gap be­tween ur­ban and ru­ral in­come is still huge, be­cause the farmer’s dis­pos­able in­come is 2.73 times that of the lat­ter. New chal­lenges, such as the fall­ing prices of agri­cul­tural prod­ucts and grow­ing in­sta­bil­ity in the la­bor mar­ket, have emerged and caused a slow­down in farm­ers’ in­come growth. This year the rate has fallen to 6.5 per­cent, even lower than the coun­try’s over­all GDP growth rate.

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