Govern­ment works to im­prove liveli­hoods

China Daily (USA) - - JIANGXI SPECIAL - By SONG MENGXING song­mengx­ing@chi­nadaily. com.cn

The lo­cal gov­ern­ments in Ganzhou, a city in south­ern Jiangxi, have taken a range of mea­sures, in­clud­ing de­vel­op­ing their e-com­merce sec­tors and work­ing to en­sure im­proved soil and wa­ter con­ser­va­tion, to fa­cil­i­tate poverty alle­vi­a­tion.

Among them is the govern­ment of Huichang county, which re­leased an im­ple­men­ta­tion plan for al­le­vi­at­ing poverty that fo­cuses on help­ing peo­ple in poor ar­eas sell prod­ucts on­line.

The govern­ment, in con­cert with e-com­merce com­pany Zhc365.com, chose 118 im­pov­er­ished vil­lages and 21,445 im­pov­er­ished house­holds in 19 town­ships as tar­gets for poverty alle­vi­a­tion.

The com­pany used dif­fer­ent meth­ods to help the dif­fer­ent house­holds based on their in­di­vid­ual cir­cum­stances. It also trained lo­cal peo­ple, in­clud­ing vil­lage of­fi­cials, to en­sure that farm­ers from poorer ar­eas were able to use the e-com­merce plat­form.

The com­pany also helped to cre­ate jobs and train e-com­merce pro­fes­sion­als in the county, an ex­ec­u­tive at Zhc365. com said.

Ganzhou has also taken mea­sures to solve the prob­lems of soil and wa­ter ero­sion, both of which ex­ac­er­bate poverty lev­els.

The fam­ily of Chen Nan­chang, in Zhuxi vil­lage in Shicheng county, have leased their three-hectare plot of land to Jiangxi Minghongda Eco­log­i­cal Agri­cul­ture De­vel­op­ment Co. The land had been bar­ren for some time due to the ef­fects of soil and wa­ter ero­sion.

The com­pany cul­ti­vated fruit crops and the lo­cal govern­ment worked to tackle the prob­lem of ero­sion by im­ple­ment­ing a tree-plant­ing pro­gram. Chen’s fam­ily was given some shares in the com­pany.

Ac­cord­ing to Chen, the com­pany has be­gun to turn a profit and he said he is ex­cited to be a share­holder.

Zhuxi vil­lage had largely solved its land ero­sion prob­lem by the end of last year. It en­cour­aged lo­cal farm­ers to co­op­er­ate with com­pa­nies to use land more pro­duc­tively and in­crease peo­ple’s in­comes.

Lo­cal com­pa­nies have also cre­ated jobs that have helped lift lo­cal peo­ple out of poverty. “At present, 36 house­holds work at Minghongda and 21 of them are long-term em­ploy­ees,” said Huang Xiaoy­ong, an ex­ec­u­tive of the com­pany.

This year, the city of Ganzhou also fo­cused on us­ing lo­cal re­sources, such as navel or­anges, veg­eta­bles, poul­try and tourism to help to al­le­vi­ate poverty. The agri­cul­ture sec­tor had in­creased the in­comes of 90,600 im­pov­er­ished fam­i­lies by the end of Au­gust, ac­cord­ing to the city govern­ment.

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