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Supply-side reform for agriculture in 2017

PROMOTING supply-side structural reform in agriculture will be the main theme in next year’s rural and agricultural work, President Xi Jinping said.

China will encourage new growth engines in agriculture and rural areas to improve productivity and competitiveness, said Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party.

Xi made the remarks during a meeting of the Political Bureau Standing Committee of the Party’s Central Committee, held ahead of the central rural work conference, according to a statement released after the conference ended yesterday.

The government should optimize the agricultural industry and product mix while ensuring national food security, Xi said.

China will promote intensive agricultural development to help reduce poverty and facilitate urbanization to benefit ordinary rural households, Xi added.

The roles of the government and the market should be coordinated in guiding agricultural output and improving industry and product mix, and innovation by local governments should be encouraged, according to Xi.

Premier Li Keqiang made similar points at a meeting of the State Council, urging governments to accelerate modernization of agriculture and promote innovation and entrepreneurship in rural areas.

Li also called for greater efforts in poverty reduction in rural regions to help poor people make a living on their own.

Governments at all levels should strive to improve agricultural quality and efficiency and the rural population’s income, Li added.

The central rural work conference stressed the need to improve quality and efficiency in agriculture and raise farmers’ incomes.

Efforts will be made to improve the agricultural output pattern and management mechanism, raising yields and improving resource utilization as well as increasing productivity, the meeting said.

The meeting stressed structural improvement in product mix, management and regional planning as priorities.

The meeting also urged efforts to accelerate scientific and technological innovation to add momentum to agricultural development, push integrated development and optimize industrial structure.

Work should be done to promote the environmentally friendly production and sustainable agricultural development, while particular attention should be paid to water conservation.

China will rationalize the relationship between the government and market, the meeting said.

Efforts will also be made to promote reforms in pricing and reserves systems of major farm produce, rural property rights and financial innovation in rural areas, it added.


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