Shang­hai fur­ther boosts its ru­ral de­vel­op­ment

Global Times – Metro Shanghai - - COMMUNITY -

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.

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