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State Council urges integration of industries in rural areas

Updated: Jan 4,2016 7:01 PM

China plans to integrate various industries in rural areas to a high level by 2020 to improve agricultural competitiveness and farmers’ income, according to a State Council document released on Jan 4.

The integration will be achieved through multiple approaches such as promoting new urbanization, restructuring agriculture, extending industrial chains and developing new business types of modern agriculture, said the State Council document.

The State Council has encouraged rural cooperatives and family farms to innovate new ways of operation such as rural tourism. The governments will support the development of leading agricultural and forestry enterprises in key areas such as e-commerce and product processing.

A surge of social capital is expected to flow in agricultural projects such as building high-standard farms and improving rural services. The State Council has also urged building public service platforms, improving rural financial services and improve rural infrastructure to help achieve the target.

Additionally, the central government will beef up fiscal support on the integration, which will be put into tests at appropriate time.