China Turns More Farmland into Forest, Grassland
TAIYUAN, September 12 -- China has made
progress in turning farmland into forest and
grassland over the past three years.
Sources from the on-going meeting held in this
north China city in Shanxi Province said Wednesday
that the country has transformed 1.71 million
hectares of farmland into forests and pasture since
China initiated the program three years ago to
turn low-yield farmland back into forest and
grassland in 20 provinces, cities and regions in
north and central China, as part of its efforts
to implement the strategy to develop the country's
vast underdeveloped west.
Li Yucai, deputy director of the State Forestry Administration,said that local farmers have taken a positive attitude toward implementing the program as
the government has provided them with subsidies,
food and preferential policies.
Some provinces and regions have made successful
experiments in promoting ecological development,
which has helped farmers out of poverty, Li said.
-- source: Xinhua News Agency
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