Ad­vanc­ing agri­cul­ture ef­forts put into fo­cus

China Daily (USA) - - FRONT PAGE - By XU WEI [email protected]­nadaily.com.cn

Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping un­der­lined the im­por­tance of re­lent­less work in grain pro­duc­tion, fur­ther­ing sup­ply-side struc­tural re­form in the agri­cul­tural sec­tor and con­certed ef­forts to win the bat­tle against poverty next year in in­struc­tions pub­lished on Satur­day.

Xi’s in­struc­tions on work re­lated to the agri­cul­tural sec­tor, ru­ral ar­eas and farm­ers came as the cen­tral ru­ral work con­fer­ence was held in the cap­i­tal on Fri­day and Satur­day.

Xi, also gen­eral sec­re­tary of the Com­mu­nist Party of China Cen­tral Com­mit­tee and chair­man of the Cen­tral Mil­i­tary Com­mis­sion, em­pha­sized the need to im­prove the liv­ing en­vi­ron­ment in ru­ral ar­eas, push­ing for­ward the new round of ru­ral re­form and im­prov­ing weak links in ru­ral in­fra­struc­ture and pub­lic ser­vices in 2019.

The year of 2019 is the key year to se­cure a de­ci­sive vic­tory in achiev­ing the coun­try’s first cen­te­nary goal of build­ing a mod­er­ately pros­per­ous so­ci­ety in all re­spects, Xi said.

It is im­por­tant to pri­or­i­tize the de­vel­op­ment of agri­cul­ture and ru­ral ar­eas, fol­low the gen­eral prin­ci­ple of pur­su­ing progress while en­sur­ing sta­bil­ity, im­ple­ment the re­quire­ments for high-qual­ity de­vel­op­ment and fur­ther the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the ru­ral vi­tal­iza­tion strat­egy, he said.

Plan­ning and con­struc­tion in ru­ral ar­eas, as well as so­cial gover­nance should be fur­ther moved for­ward, and the sense of gain, hap­pi­ness and se­cu­rity among the farm­ers must be fur­ther en­hanced, he said.

Premier Li Ke­qiang said in an in­struc­tion that more work should be done in the new year to im­ple­ment fa­vor­able poli­cies for farm­ers and fur­ther the mod­ern­iza­tion of agri­cul­ture and ru­ral ar­eas.

To fur­ther the sup­ply-side struc­tural re­form in ru­ral ar­eas, it is im­por­tant to en­hance the grain pro­duc­tion ca­pac­i­ties and the foun­da­tion for agri­cul­ture, to op­ti­mize the agri­cul­tural sec­tor and push for­ward the in­te­grated de­vel­op­ment of var­i­ous sec­tors in ru­ral ar­eas, he said.

Li added that the fos­ter­ing of new growth en­gines in ru­ral ar­eas should be ac­cel­er­ated, and that more ef­forts will be made to sup­port in­no­va­tion and en­trepreneur­ship in ru­ral ar­eas so that em­ploy­ment can be ex­panded and farm­ers can in­crease their in­comes through mul­ti­ple channels.

China will in­ten­sify poverty al­le­vi­a­tion ef­forts in ar­eas and for groups af­fected by ex­treme poverty and en­hance their im­pe­tus to re­duce poverty, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment re­leased after the con­fer­ence.

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