Shanghai further boosts its rural development
To boost development in rural areas, Shanghai recently released the Shanghai Rural Revitalization Strategic Plan (20182022) and the Shanghai Rural Revitalization Implementation Plan (2018-2022).
The city’s rural revitalization strategy is closely related to its modernization process. The revitalization covers many aspects including rural industry, ecology, lifestyle, culture and governance.
In addition to the strategic planning, Shanghai is working on village planning. In August, two guidelines were completed to fulfill village planning issues, for instance solving problems brought along by scattered distribution of villages.
Moreover, an agricultural layout plan is also ongoing, as the city will define three districts including grain production functional zone, vegetable production protection zone and characteristic agricultural product zone.
Besides the existing agricultural policy documents, the city will also formulate “1+19” supporting documents to promote rural revitalization. Currently, 14 policy documents have been or will be released and 6 policy documents are seeking opinions from the public.
The documents cover various aspects including adjusting agriculture-related fiscal policy, fully utilizing the resources of idle houses owned by peasants, managing land use, improving supporting policies and providing vocational trainings to peasants.
Notably, Shanghai will focus on integrating the forces of the city and districts and greatly increase assistance funds to villages. The city will raise funds of no less than 5 billion yuan ($726.27 million) to help build a batch of industrial projects in relatively weak agricultural areas.
Distinctive agricultural brands
Moreover, the city is exploring the development of urban modern green agriculture. It is dedicated to adjusting the structure of local agriculture industry, aiming to produce high-quality agricultural products and forging distinctive agricultural brands of the city.
Environmental protection in rural areas is also a priority. Shanghai will roll out renovation and rectification activities over the next several years in 11 aspects including countryside roads, domestic sewage, water environment and refuse disposal and recycling.
To realize rural revitalization, the city will improve government mechanisms and promote supervision and assessment of the process. Shanghai will entrust third parties to evaluate the performance of rural districts and talk with those ranking at the end of the appraisal.
An efficient information delivery channel will also be established to facilitate the drive. Crucial problems that have been generally voiced at the grass-roots level, for instance the homestead of residents and building homes in rural areas, are also covered in the new tasks.