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District unveils ‘two-millions’ rural revitalization program

Over a million farmers and villagers in Fengxian District will be relocated to modern residential communities every year to improve their living conditions while making them rich and the countryside prosperous again.

Zhuang Mudi, Party secretary of Fengxian, said the suburban district has launched a “two-millions” program – to relocate a million farmers a year based on their willingness and to redevelop a million square meters of farmland.

“Farmers’ asset and investment incomes are expected to be double within three years under the program,” he said.

Most farmers’ households in Fengxian used to be “two seniors living in an old house with a dream to get rich,” said Zhuang. They suffered from low income and a poor environment. The district government said it is determined to change the status quo.

A Qing Dynasty village in Fengxian has become a model project. Wufang Village in Qingcun Town dates back around 300 years. Its houses have been restored, waterways dredged and the environment improved to restore its rural ambiance.

The authentic south China water town, covering 1.99 square kilometers, is about 40 kilometers from Shanghai’s downtown area with a total population of some 1,300 villagers.

The villagers have been encouraged to rent their houses to the government, with the buildings converted into homestay projects and offices for start-ups. The township government has relocated villagers to newly built residential neighborhoods.


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