Chinese forestry companies help remote areas reduce poverty
Updated 18:24, 29-Dec-2018
CGTN

Chinese forestry authority has helped bring about the anti-poverty cooperation between forestry companies and less developed counties in the country's southern and southwestern regions.

Seventeen forestry companies signed letters of intent for cooperation with Libo and Dushan of southwest China's Guizhou Province and Longsheng and Luocheng of south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region on Tuesday.

With the contract value totaling 1.75 billion yuan (about 250 million U.S. dollars), the cooperation covers wood processing bases and industrial parks, seedling cultivation, and forest ecotourism.

Developing forestry and grass industry is a significant means to increase incomes of rural residents, said Liu Dongsheng, deputy head of the administration.

 A villager examines grapes at Luocheng County, south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. /VCG Photo

 A villager examines grapes at Luocheng County, south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. /VCG Photo

Liu promised policy support, including subsidies, for companies participating in poverty reduction, and added that the administration will also move to cut red tape and improve government services in poverty-stricken areas.

The output of China's forestry sector surpassed seven trillion yuan last year, and the government aims to bring that figure to 7.5 trillion yuan in 2018.

Earlier this year, China's forestry authority drafted a plan to boost the domestic forestry industry and increase its forest resources to the world's average by 2050.

Source(s): Xinhua News Agency