China unveiled its first policy statement under the new Five-Year Plan
period starting this year, highlighting rural vitalization and the
modernization of agriculture as its top tasks.
As the first policy statement released by China's central government
each year, the "No. 1 central document" is seen as an indicator of
policy priorities. Work on agriculture and rural areas has topped the
government agenda for 18 consecutive years since 2004.
Last year, China completed an eight-year drive to eradicate extreme
poverty in the worldâ??s most populous nation, a key goal of the previous
Five-Year Plan. The priority in rural work has now shifted to
modernizing the rural economy, with the document highlighting tasks such
as building infrastructure for information technology, promoting
agricultural technologies and building modern breeding systems.
China to step up support for modernizing agriculture, promote rural