Agriculture is never a small issue for China, the world’s most populous country with 1.3 billion people.
And… the development of the vast and often backward rural areas is seen as vital to China’s ambitious plan to build a prosperous nation.
To reach the goal, Chinese leaders have decided to lend more efforts to modernize the agricultural sector, by making ‘supply-side’ improvements.
Wrapping up a two-day meeting in Beijing on Friday, leaders have laid out reform priorities for the next five years.
To be specific, China will step up grain processing to cut stock, promote large-scale production, curb overuse of pesticides and fertilizers, and introduce social services to slash costs. Meanwhile, the rural areas will get more support to build infrastructure and fiscal assistance to develop economy and eradicate poverty.
Ensuring food security is another priority and the government has pledged to secure the supply of staples, protect farmland and maintain production capacity.