Monday, 1 April 2013

Premier underlines modern agriculture, scale farming

BEIJING - Premier Li Keqiang has stressed the importance of developing modern agricultureand scale farming in his recent research tour to the Yangtze River Delta region.

While visiting a family farm in Changshu, East China's Jiangsu province, Li was pleased to seelocal farmers have seen a boost in grain output and income as they merged their fragmentedland through transfers to develop scale farming, which allowed the use of advancedtechnologies.

"To develop modern agriculture through the forms of joint partnership, family farms and farmercooperatives is the big direction for China," Li said.

Li's remarks came amid China's growing efforts to speed up the transfer of rural land toimprove efficiency and promote large-scale commercial farming.

Most rural land is owned collectively by a village, and farmers get contractual rights over someplots.

The central government said in its "No 1 document" for 2013, which has always focused onrural issues, it would guide the orderly transfers of contractual rights of rural lands, andencourage land contracts to flow to large-scale landholders, family farms or farmer'cooperatives to develop scale management.

The large-scale farming will improve land and labor efficiency and provide a firm support to thecountry's new type of urbanization, Li said, adding farmers' interests should be protected in theprocess.

During his three-day tour from March 27 to 29, Li also visits Xinqiao county in Jiangsu province,where he found people in the nearby rural areas have gathered there for jobs and settleddown.

The small cities and counties play an important role in China urbanization initiative as theypresent job opportunities, Li said, while urging efforts to create and develop industries in suchregions.

The tour also took Li to Shanghai Waigaoqiao Free Trade Zone and WuXi AppTec Inc, aleading global pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical and medical device outsourcing companywith operations in China and the United States.

After the visits, Li said China, with its massive domestic demand, should look to the world toattract more companies to settle here and push for "a new round of opening up".
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