China to speed up agri modernization through reforms

Updated: 2015-02-01 20:17


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BEIJING -- China will step up reforms and innovation to speed up agricultural modernization in 2015, according to a key policy document released by the Party and government on Sunday.

As the Chinese economy, under the "new normal," shifts from high-speed to medium-to-high-speed growth, it has become a key issue to continue consolidating the position of agriculture as the foundation of the economy and to further increase farmers' income, said the document.

The "No. 1 Central Document" refers to the first major policy document of each year released by the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and the State Council.

The is the 12th consecutive year in which the document has focused on agriculture and rural issues.

The document listed 5 aspects and 32 points for detailed government work on reforms related to the "three rural issues", agriculture, rural areas and farmers.

According to the document, China will strive to transform the development mode of agriculture, boost policies that benefit farmers, push forward the building of new socialist countryside, deepen rural reforms and strengthen rule of law in dealing with rural issues.

This year's document put more emphasis on "strengthening reform and innovation," compared to the one of 2014, Zhu Lizhi, a research fellow with the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences told Xinhua.

China's agricultural modernization is expected to be accelerated with the help of the new policy document, Zhu added.