Rural industries accelerate revitalization of countryside


China’s rural industries have maintained strong momentum since 2012, Yu Xinrong, vice-minister of agriculture and rural affairs, said at a news conference at the State Council Information Office on July 1.

China’s grain production capacity has remained above 600 billion kilograms since 2012. The business income for the agricultural products processing industry and tourism industry has reached 14.9 trillion yuan and 800 billion yuan, respectively.

In addition, a total of nearly 7.8 million people chose to start businesses in rural areas.

However, problems still exist in rural industries, such as the lack of industry categories, weak industrial chain, and low quality and efficiency, Yu pointed out.

He said the ministry would work closely with relevant departments in the future and promote the implementation of various policies to support the development of rural industries.

In the future, efforts should be made to keep secondary and tertiary industries dependent on agricultural resources in rural areas and leave more jobs and profits in the hands of farmers, according to a guideline on promoting the development of rural industries recently released by the State Council.

Rural revitalization is expected to make huge progress in the next five to 10 years, with the added value of various industries accounting for a significantly larger proportion of the GDP of rural areas, said the guideline.