China's 2023 Two Sessions: High-standard cropland expanded by 30.4 million hectares over past 5 years
Updated 14:53, 06-Mar-2023

China ensured food security and vigorously implemented the rural revitalization strategy during the past five years, according to a government work report delivered by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang at the opening meeting of the first session of China's 14th National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Sunday.

The country strengthened the protection of cropland, launched an initiative to protect chernozem soils, improved water conservancy infrastructure, and increased the area of high-standard cropland by 30.4 million hectares in the past five years, according to the premier. 

The rate of mechanization in the plowing, planting and harvesting of crops was raised from 67 percent to 73 percent, Li said.

'Advance rural revitalization'

China aims to stabilize grain output and advance rural revitalization this year, according to the premier, and will also invigorate the seed industry and support the development of agricultural science, technology and equipment.

Li also called for the fostering of rural industries with local features to create more channels for increasing rural incomes.

"Our achievements in poverty alleviation should be consolidated and expanded to prevent large-scale relapse into poverty," he said. 

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