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Farmers' incomes grow after rural land reforms

11-07-2013 21:46 BJT Special Report: Third Plenary Session of the 18th CPC Central Committee |

By CCTV reporter Liu Yan

CCTV reporter Liu Yang visited Qingchun village in Southwest China’s Sichuan Province and reports on how land reforms are benefiting local communities.
 
A big harvest for Zhou Mingqiang’s family, these organic vegetables will soon be on people’s dinner tables. Zhou says his earnings have doubled since 2008. That was when the village introduced land reform policies.

"My previous earnings were 15 thousand yuan per hectare, other villagers have contracted their land to me, so my income per hectare has increased 5000 yuan." said Zhou Mingqiang, Villager.

The system allows farmers to lease their contracted land, or transfer their land-use rights. And for Zhou, higher income could lead to better housing and more opportunities for his children to get a good education.

Last year, the per capita net income of farmers in this village rose 21 percent, compared to 2010.

"In recent years, people’s incomes have grown, and their living conditions have improved, we have many ways to support villagers such as technology and marketing." said Huang Quanfu, Village Head, Qingchun Village, Sichuan Province.

The latest policies are aimed at tackling China’s urban-rural wealth gap. It’s hoped they’ll enhance the overall land reform effort, which is intended to double rural incomes.

"Earlier this year, the CPC central committee issued the No. 1 document which targeted many rural issues. The CPC Central Committee agreed to strengthen policies to increase farming-related subsidies and farmers’ incomes and to expand demand in rural areas. It also emphasized the need to protect farmers’ rights. Land management needed to be improved so farmers would not be restricted or forced to transfer their property." said Liu Yang, Sichuan Province.

Experts say more transparency is needed within the collectives in rural regions. They play a major role in representing farmers rights in land transfer negotiations and many people say it’s imperative that the extra finance now on offer gets to the people that need it the most.

 

Editor:James |Source: CCTV.com

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