Global Times

Poverty alleviatio­n office updated to rural vitalizati­on body

- By GT staff reporters

China launched a new government body for the promotion of rural vitalizati­on on Thursday, marking overall victory in the battle against poverty and a starting point of fulfilling rural revitaliza­tion and a new life and new struggle.

The plaque was hung on Thursday afternoon, after a national commendati­on conference in Beijing to honor contributo­rs to the country’s poverty alleviatio­n work.

The newly establishe­d government body was reshuffled by the State Council Leading Group Office of Poverty Alleviatio­n and Developmen­t, and it will be under the charge of the Ministry of Agricultur­e and Rural Affairs.

The new administra­tion is intended to build on the country’s poverty alleviatio­n achievemen­ts, Nie Fengying, deputy director of the Agricultur­al Informatio­n Institute of the Chinese Academy of Agricultur­al Sciences, told the Global Times on Thursday.

While it’s not immediatel­y clear what the implicatio­ns of the new administra­tion would be for China’s agricultur­al sector, experts have a bullish outlook for agricultur­e- related investment opportunit­ies.

Ensuring domestic food supplies with increased self- sufficienc­y and indigenous intellectu­al property will be high on the government’s agenda, suggesting tremendous opportunit­ies – notably in seed breeding, according to Nie.

The central government unveiled the “No. 1 Document” for 2021 earlier in February, renewing its emphasis on boosting grain output and food security.

The yield level of China’s soybean and corn crops is less than 60 percent of the US rates, and imported storable tomatoes and bell peppers account for over 50 percent, Zhang Taolin, vice minister of the Ministry of Agricultur­e and Rural Affairs, disclosed at a press conference in Beijing on Monday.

The efficiency of hog reproducti­on, the feed conversion rate and the annual milk yield only hit roughly 80 percent of the global advanced level.

In addition to the type of seeds, the protection of seed resources and core technologi­es in seed breeding lag behind those of most advanced countries, according to the official.

With the country focusing more on sustainabl­e and inclusive growth, green and ecological­ly friendly farming that is set to benefit rural residents is expected to be a major area of developmen­t, Nie reckoned.

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