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About 6.25m people in Yunnan cast off poverty from 2012 to 2018

Updated: Aug 04,2019 03:38 PM    Xinhua

KUNMING — Southwest China's Yunnan province reduced its poverty-stricken population from 8.04 million in 2012 to 1.79 million in 2018, according to the survey team of the National Bureau of Statistics in the province.

The comprehensive poverty headcount ratio of rural areas in Yunnan dropped from 21.7 percent in 2012 to 4.8 percent in 2018, according to the latest survey conducted by the team.

The per capita disposable income of rural residents in Yunnan's poverty-stricken areas increased from 4,749 yuan (about $684) in 2012 to 9,595 yuan in 2018, an average annual growth of 12.4 percent.

In 2018, the per capita consumption expenditure of rural residents in poor areas in Yunnan was 7,677 yuan, an increase of 3,915 yuan over 2012, an average annual increase of 12.6 percent, the survey said.

The progress was attributed to a string of poverty relief measures such as developing industries, relocating people from inhospitable areas and offering allowances to the poor, elderly and sick.

China has set 2020 as the target year to complete the building of a moderately prosperous society and eradicate poverty.

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