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China pledges new efforts to boost rural development

BEIJING, Jan. 31 (Xinhua) -- China will put more investment, subsidies, fiscal and policy supports into rural areas this year so as to better coordinate urban and rural development, the central government said Sunday in its first policy document of the year.

"Working for coordinated development between urban and rural areas is the fundamental requirement of building a moderately prosperous society in an all-round way," said the document.

The document, jointly issued by the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and the State Council, or the Cabinet, promised to improve the livelihood of rural residents, which it said is one of the main tasks in China's efforts to adjust resident income distribution system.

Expanding rural demand should be the key measure in boosting domestic demand, it said, while developing modern agriculture should be considered as a major task in transforming China's economic growth pattern.

It called for more efforts to maintain grain production, increase of farmers' income and good development momentum in rural areas.


The document said that the central government would continue to improve the policy system to empower and benefit farmers. The government would also continue boosting financial input into the agriculture and rural areas.

The document stressed budget expenditure should first support development of the agriculture and rural area, and fixed-asset investment first be channeled into agricultural-related infrastructure and projects in relation to rural livelihood.

More subsidies should be channeled to increase the output of grain, potato, highland barley and peanut, as well as the purchase of agricultural machinery, it said.