Improving Rural Environment and Food Security Among Top Priorities
The country’s top priority for 2014 is to maintain food security and improve rural environment based on a key document that was issued last Sunday. The No. 1 document is usually issued every January by the Party’s Central Committee along with the State Council which focus on rural matters since 2004.the documented policy sees to resolve and environmental constraints in the country. As of the moment improving food security is on top of the list of reforms for 2014 and for the next few years.
China must not spare any efforts in promoting domestic grain products and to observe the redline for arable land and to raise constantly the agricultural production capacity of the country. The country has long been striving to maintain food sufficiency and to rely on domestic grain supply. So far the government set a minimum line of 1.8 billion hectares of arable land to make sure that there will be food security. On 2012 the arable land in China was around 2.03 billion just above the line after land for forests and pasture restoration is deducted.
As the country rely on domestic grain production the country plans to make good use of the international market for pushing agricultural products which is as complement to domestic supply. Medium scale and large banks must ensure presence in counties and further extend their networks to townships, furthermore these banks should enforce their abilities in providing services to rural areas.
Also China plans to improve mechanisms in coordinating urban and rural development by improving rural living conditions and environment, speed up reforms of household registration system, provide equal basic public service in urban and rural areas in order to help members of the rural migrant population to reach their goal of become urban residents.