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An Agrarian Agenda
An Agrarian Agenda
UPDATED: March 2, 2010 NO. 9 MARCH 4, 2010
Major Support Measures of the No.1 Document

1. Strengthen state support to agriculture and provide more social resources for rural residents

Increase government investments in rural infrastructures; continue with subsidies to farming and state purchases of corn, soybean and oil-bearing seeds; enhance financial services in rural areas, including small credit, village banks and insurance; encourage enterprises and other organizations to support social welfare for farmers; and distribute subsidies to rural purchases of construction materials, appliances and vehicles.

2. Accelerate the development of modern agriculture

Make efforts to increase grain yield and quality; encourage scale production of livestock and green food; improve irrigation and water supplies; build high-yield farmland; enhance scientific innovation and technological progress across the countryside; help expand the markets for agricultural products; and improve the rural ecological environment.

3. Improve the livelihood of farmers and bridge the urban-rural gap

Provide policy incentives for farmers to start up their own businesses and to propel rural education, culture and sanitation; improve the social security net for farmers; reinforce the construction of roads, waterways and hydropower stations; and make efforts to alleviate poverty in rural areas.

4. Deepen social system reforms of the countryside

Improve the land contract system; press ahead with reforms of the land management system; strengthen collective agricultural productions; push forward reforms in the forestry industry; strengthen the economic vitality at the township level; accelerate urbanization; and encourage city authorities to allow migrant workers who have stable jobs and live in the cities for a certain period of time to join urban housing programs. Also, expand exports and continue to open the countryside to the outside world.

5. Consolidate social management at grass-roots levels

Push forward advancements of grass-roots committees of the Communist Party of China; strengthen democracy at grass-roots levels; and ensure social stability in the countryside.

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