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China to hold governments, officials at provincial level accountable for farmland protection

Updated: Jan 19,2018 7:29 AM     Xinhua

BEIJING — China’s State Council has recently issued a regulation to hold governments and officials at provincial level accountable for the protection of farmland.

The document asks authorities to set the targets for provinces, autonomous regions, and municipalities to preserve the area of cultivated land and permanent capital farmland and create high standard farmland.

The State Council has been evaluating the governments on their execution of the targets every three and six years since 2016 and made it an important reference in the overall evaluation of top officials at the provincial-level governments, the document said.

Provincial-level governments with good performances will be given favorable treatment in future land use plans and financial allocations and those with poor performances will need to rectify the problems.

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