"Shandong has been ramping up efforts to revitalize rural areas and become a model for rural revitalization," said Liu Jiayi, Deputy to the 13th National People's Congress and Party Secretary of Shandong province.
As an agricultural powerhouse in China, Shandong is focusing intently on the rural revitalization strategy in work related to agriculture, rural areas and farmers, said Liu.
Liu Jiayi, Deputy to the 13th National People's Congress and Party Secretary of Shandong province [Photo/dzwww.com]
According to Liu, Shandong has combined rural revitalization with efforts to develop a more aesthetically pleasing countryside, improve infrastructure and the living environment in rural areas, and reduce poverty with the goal of modernizing agriculture and rural villages.
Since 2017, 500 provincial-level model villages have been established each year in Shandong. By 2020 there is expected to be around 2,000 such villages in the province.
The province aims to develop four major regions with unique local features in Jiaodong and central, southwest, and northwest Shandong, build 10 scenic belts and cultivate 300 "Beautiful Villages" by 2020. The project is meant to advance rural development, improve the rural living environment and push forward the rural vitalization strategy.
Liu Jiayi noted that industry, talent, culture, ecology and civil servants are vital to rural development.
Total grain output in Shandong has remained above 50 billion kilograms for six consecutive years. The province is home to eight national modern agricultural industrial parks and 59 national agricultural industrial towns. The first national agricultural open development comprehensive pilot zone was established in Weifang city, Shandong province.
In addition, Shandong has launched a number of measures to improve the abilities of the province's agricultural and rural cadres and talent. In 2019, the province issued nearly 2.5 billion yuan ($351 million) in loans to rural talent to start businesses, and the number of farmers' cooperatives and family farms in the province reached 210,000 and 73,000, respectively.
Shandong has also taken steps to implement a three-year action plan for improving the living environment in rural areas. It has upgraded 10.65 million rural toilets and has implemented safe procedures for dealing with household garbage in all rural areas. Last year, it planted 118,000 hectares of forest.
"Shandong will continue pursuing its poverty relief target and strive to win the battle against poverty this year while creating a Shandong model for rural revitalization," Liu said.